MS 101: Common Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

  • by  Lyndsay H.
  •   July 03, 2017

Lyndsay H. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

Get informed! Learn a few common symptoms of multiple sclerosis, below.

The early symptoms of multiple sclerosis are different for everyone, but there are some that are more common than others. I have learned that typically no one experiences the same exact symptoms. Many people living with MS have shared with me that there is often a point when they look back and can remember some earlier symptoms before they were even diagnosed. These symptoms may have initially gone unnoticed, or maybe they were easily explained away during a medical examination, but now they make a lot more sense having been diagnosed with relapsing multiple sclerosis (RMS).

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, patients typically report one or more of the following more common MS symptoms early on in their diagnosis:

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling of the face or body
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sexual problems
  • Pain
  • Vision problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Bowel problems
  • Cognitive changes
  • Depression

As you can see, not all of these symptoms are physical or even related to one another. The variety and severity of these symptoms can sometimes make it difficult to diagnose MS and subsequently getting MS treatment started early.

Once a patient has identified or experienced any of these symptoms, it is important that they:

  1. Talk to their health care provider
  2. Share with their loved ones
  3. Keep a journal of symptoms

It is also important for everyone affected by MS to seek support and find out more about what they can do to live better with RMS. Start the conversation today!

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Lyndsay H.

Shared Solutions® Clinical Nurse Educator

Lyndsay H., RN, MSN, is a Clinical Nurse Educator for Teva’s Shared Solutions®. She specializes in multiple sclerosis and has been supporting MS patients  for over 4 years.

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26 Comment(s)
  • Laura mcdonald | July 08, 2017
    Summer is so hard for me.
  • Bill | July 08, 2017
    Ive not been diagnosed but have all the symptoms spinal tap had no markers in the cerebral fluid
  • Linda | July 08, 2017
    Balance . Ce getting wore weaker legs
  • I have been living with MS for the last 8 yrs. It has taken me that long to not be ashamed of telling people that I do have MS.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 09, 2017
      It sounds like you have been through a lot, Giggles. We hope you find comfort in connecting with other members of the community.
  • Kelley | July 09, 2017
    I have a problem with my cognition. I would like to learn how to be more patient when speaking withsomeone. So I don't interrupt people that are talking, I try to stay quite but I forget what I was going to say.
  • Renee  | July 10, 2017
    I have remitting relapsing multiple sclerosis
    I have just lost the sight in my right eye
    My neurologist is hopeful that my vision may come back
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      It sounds like you are going through a lot, Renee. We hope you reach out to your health care team for support. We’ll be thinking of you.
  • Mary | July 10, 2017
    I was diagnosed after I lost my sense of taste! It has returned now, but still goes away on occasion. After diagnosis, I realized I had other symptoms, too. It just all came together.
  • Resaee Freeman | July 10, 2017
    I've been diagnosed since 2006 but was told I've had it earlier. Physically, it looks like I don't have MS but I do have the same symptoms as most people do, fatigue, numbness and so on. The only thing that I don't have is pain, therein is the problem, in the MS community I'm seen as an imposter but I go through all the same symptoms they do. I'm just trying to be a supportive person....
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      We are always here to listen, Resaee. Please reach out whenever you need to.
  • June | July 10, 2017
    I was first diagnosed with MS 14 years ago! After 2years of testing, suffering, i felt like i was handed a medical life sentence! However, the more i learn about the disease and ways to help, the better i live with my life sentence!
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      Thanks for sharing your story, June. We hope you’ll look around the blog and let us know which other posts you enjoy!
  • Marilou | July 10, 2017
    I now have much itching,and tho I know better than to scratch, it seems I just can't help myself!!! Glad I'm doing better than expected, it's been about 20 years plus now from my diagnosis, and I'm happy!!!
  • Karene | July 10, 2017
    Thank you, for this info.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      We’re glad you liked this, Karene. We hope you’ll check back often for new content!
  • Phyllis | July 10, 2017
    I been diagnoses with MS for four years now my balance and walking not the same.need some help with that
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      Hi Phyllis, if you have specific questions about your health, please reach out to your health care provider.
  • Mary tolbert | July 10, 2017
    I want to learn as ,uch as u
    I can about ms
  • Tami  | July 10, 2017
    I have MS I seem to be tried all the time. I wake up from sleeping at night. And feel like I need a nap.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      We are sorry to hear that you are struggling, Tami. Please continue to lean on this community for support. Best wishes!
  • DOTTIE MCELROY  | July 10, 2017
    I CAN DEFINITELY RELATE TO ALL THAT IS SAID. I HAVE ALWAYS EXPERIENCED THE FATIGUE. THE COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR HAS BEEN GETTING WORSE ALL ALONG. All the rest is part of my life too. MS is a constant battle everyday. I keep going and count my blessing. Thankful for my will power and my desire to move forward. There is no other option for me, but to keep climbing and treading forward. I am determine not
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      Thank you for sharing, DOTTIE!
  • JOAN SHIFFLER | July 10, 2017

  • Bethany | July 10, 2017
    Just diagnosed 2 months ago and having a really hard time accepting it!! Can't imagine what my future will be like 😔So scared
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 11, 2017
      An MS diagnosis can be an emotional experience, Bethany. It's great that you're here, and we hope you find others in the Lift MS community who can relate.
  • Foxfire | July 10, 2017
    I've had symptoms for forty years and first tested positive in 2008. But the first neurologist I saw said I would develope MS down the road even though I never tested positive early on.
  • Thomas | July 11, 2017
    I am commited to making the lives of MS better!!
  • Renee | July 11, 2017
    This is exactly what I went through. After I was diagnosed in 2013,I realized that I was right. Doctors told me that nothing wrong. I rackedmy brains trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Once I was diagnosed with MS,I felt relieved. A person knows their body. I despise MS,but I realize that it could always be something worse. I'm lucky because I have great doctors and the best support team
  • Fran | July 13, 2017
    Diagnosed last year
  • Martin | July 16, 2017
    I have problems blured vision in left eye have problems with dragging right leg since i picked tractor engine up an thats when i diagnosed with ms
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 17, 2017
      Please keep us posted on your progress, Martin. We’ll be thinking of you.
  • Tammi | July 28, 2017
    Just been diagnosed
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | July 31, 2017
      An MS diagnosis can be an emotional experience, Tammi. It's great that you're here, and we hope you find others in the Lift MS community who can relate.
  • Brenda | September 12, 2017
    Like the article on excerise!
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  • Patricia | October 03, 2017
    I was finally diagnosed in 2007..... but it was a long, long road that I traveled to get to that diagnosis. As I look back, I realize I had been misdiagnosed for about 20years..partially because I passed off a lot of my symptoms of vision irregularities, weakness, many unexplained falls, cognitive changes myself (I am a registered nurse) and then my doctor.. I was greatful to finally be dx.
  • bernard | February 08, 2020
    My wife has some of the symptoms that I have read. Recent hospital stays are a result of UTI, perforated ulcer, and finally C.Diff. She had a sister with MS who eventually died from it. She is very weak, walks very very slow, balance issues, incontinence, uncontrollable diarrhea among other things.
    what is the best way to diagnose MS? Thinking that possible MS has been hidden with all the other.
    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | February 10, 2020
      Hi Bernard, your wife can learn more about the symptoms of RMS by visiting It is important that your wife reaches out to her healthcare team if she is experiencing symptoms. Best wishes to you both!