Symptoms of MS
Symptoms can differ for each individual and they can gradually get worse over time. One commonality for all MS sufferers is the unpredictability of symptoms. Periods when symptoms improve or disappear are known as remissions.
As the NHS states, the most common symptoms of the condition include the following:
- Vision problems
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness
- Mobility problems
- Problems with thinking, learning and planning
- Depression and anxiety
- Sexual problems
- Bladder problems
- Bowel problems
- Speech and swallowing difficulties.
Out of this list, fatigue is the most common and troublesome symptom for MS patients. It is often described as an overwhelming sense of exhaustion and makes carrying out everyday activities and tasks a struggle. Factors that make fatigue worse often include hot weather, illness or towards the end of the day.
Treatments for MS
As both Leslie and the MS Society recognised, there is currently no cure for MS making it a chronic illness. However, there are available treatments that aim to curb the effect of symptoms.