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9 Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

In America, approximately 350,000 people have Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a condition that strikes the central nervous system—which is made up of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. This is why MS impacts the vision, hearing, memory, balance, speech, and mobility of its victims.

While MS strikes mostly teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 40, women are three times more likely to develop MS compared to men.

Even though there is no known cure for this complex disease, early diagnosis can prevent further damage such as total vision loss and paralysis. Here are nine of the most common signs and symptoms associated with MS…

1. Numbness

MS typically strikes the nerves in the brain and spinal column first and foremost. So patients notice numbness when the body isn’t receiving signals from the brain. Tingling and numbness may be felt in areas such as the face, arms, legs, and upper extremities like the fingers.

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