Identifying the Nervous System Wreck caused by Multiple Sclerosis

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 18, 2013

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  • Multiple Sclerosis affects the brain and the spinal cord.
  • There are many other diseases having the same symptoms.
  • The symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis come and go.
  • Some common symptoms are fatigue, pain and dizziness.

The central nervous system which is the brain and the spinal cord as we know controls all the body’s actions. When Multiple Sclerosis comes and affects them, that is the brain and the spinal cord, there is a direct mishap caused to the central nervous system. Understand how to recognise this disease.

Multiple Sclerosis MS SymptomsIn most common type which is also known as relapsing remitting Multiple Sclerosis the symptoms come and go. They can range from a mild tingling to a more severe vision loss. The disease is tricky, in the sense that there are so many other conditions that can also have the similar symptoms. Only a doctor can run the appropriate tests in order to confirm whether these symptoms are in anyway related to Multiple Sclerosis or MS.


The most common symptom for MS is this, with almost 80 per cent of the people MS complaining of it. Chronic fatigue occurs when the nerves are deteriorating in the spinal column. This fatigue appears suddenly and lasts for weeks before finally getting any better. The weakness is first noticed in the legs.

Tingling and Numbness

Multiple Sclerosis affects the nerves in the brain and the spinal column and therefore sends conflicting signals to the body. At times there are no signals sent and it is during this time you feel numbness. The most common paces to feel this are the face, arms, legs, and fingers. There is also a tingling sensation which is most common warning of MS.


Most people experiencing MS complain of pain, pain is one of the surest symptoms. You can feel two types of pain that is related to Multiple Sclerosis, namely, Neuropathic Pain, and Musculoskeletal Pain.

Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nerve fibres in the brain and spinal cord, and this could cause stabbing pain, skin sensitivity or a burning sensation.

Musculoskeletal pain is not directly caused by MS, it can occur due to excess pressure on the muscles or joints. This is usually a result of spasms and spasticity.

Balancing Problems and Dizziness

There is a chance that you will feel dizzy and will have problems in coordinating and balancing. Multiple Sclerosis causes mobility problems in people, and the disease can prevent freedom of movement because people often feel lightheaded, dizzy or experience vertigo. You can often experience it when you stand up.

Vision Problems

In about one of every five cases it is found that the first noticeable symptom for MS is the problem with one of your eyes. You may experience some loss of vision in the affected eye which can range from mild to severe. You could also experience colour blindness, pain in the eye, flashes of light when the eye is moving. The symptoms are due to the result of optic neuritis which is swelling of the optic nerve.

Mental Health Issues

It has been found that around half the people with MS experience at least one episode of depression at some point in their life. Now it is not confirmed whether the depression arises from the damage to the brain cause by MS or whether due to the stress of having to live with this long termed condition. Then again, anxiety is another problem that people with MS especially during the start of a relapse may face.


Many people with MS lose their interest in sex. Men seem to find it difficult to maintain an erection and they take longer to ejaculate.

Then again, these symptoms will come and go and hence you need to get treated at the earliest as not experiencing doesn’t mean you are devoid of them.

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