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.

COPAXONE® (glatiramer acetate injection) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease, in adults.

Do not use COPAXONE® if you are allergic to glatiramer acetate or mannitol.

See Important Safety Information below and full Prescribing Information for Copaxone® (glatiramer acetate Injection).

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