Symptoms in MS
Please remember: "symptoms" are what doctors see, and we see and hear: they are much more than
that for those whom this is an existential reality.
Very dew people with MS have all of these; but some do.

  • Balance/Dizziness
  • Bowel Dysfunction
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Gait (difficulty in walking)
  • Optic neuritis
  • Pain
  • Paroxysmal Symptoms
  • Sensory Impairment, Numbness / Tingling
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Spasticity (see also Pain)
  • Tremor
  • Uhthoff's Phenomena (Heat Intolerance)
  • Weakness
  • Dysarthria, or difficulty speaking
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Dry Mouth
  • Hormonal Influences for women with MS
  • Inappropriate Affect (pseudo bulbar affect, emotional incontinence, involuntary emotional
    expression disorder-IEED)
  • Poor coordination or incoordination
  • Mood Lability / Bipolar Affective Disorder
  • Emotional and Mental/Cognitive struggles
MS - Multiple Sclerosis
This page is not so much for those who suffer from this condition, but moreso for those
    who may have someone in their life who experiences it as their daily reality. Those
    who suffer from this, already know it.

    MS is currently classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system
    (brain, spinal cord). The disease attacks myelin, the protective covering of the nerves,
    causing inflammation and often damaging the myelin. Myelin is necessary for the
    transmission of nerve impulses through nerve fibres. If damage to myelin is slight,
    nerve impulses travel with minor interruptions; however, if damage is substantial and
    if scar tissue replaces the myelin, nerve impulses may be completely disrupted, and
    the nerve fibres themselves can be damaged.

    The list below is what folks with MS Experience, Feel, Live and Suffer with, and
    Endure, daily. It's their "Normal" - their Reality.

    And oh yes, another important thing to remember is that, if you know someone who
    has MS, you know ONE person with MS. It does not manifest the same way in every
    person with MS.
Klaas Tuinman M.A.
Life Self-Empowerment Facilitation
at Dawn Cove Abbey
Comments and Questions are welcomed