Multiple sclerosis, often abbreviated to MS, is a neurological condition that affects the central nervous system (the nerves in the brain and spinal cord). The first signs of multiple sclerosis are different for each person and correspond to the area(s) of their brain and/or spinal cord which have been affected.

There is a wide range of possible symptoms but most people experience only a small number around the time of diagnosis and won't go on to experience them all. Some of the most common first symptoms are fatigue (a kind of exhaustion which is out of all proportion to the task undertaken), stumbling more than before, unusual feelings in the skin (such as pins and needles or numbness), slowed thinking or problems with eyesight. There are other symptoms of MS but these are less commonly experienced early in the course of the condition.

All of these early symptoms can also be symptoms of other conditions. If you are worried that you may have warning signs of MS, it is important to consult a health professional so that you can get the correct diagnosis.

Last Updated: 08 March 2016

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