MS 101: MS Symptoms
- by Crystal D.
- March 04, 2019
Crystal D. has been compensated by Teva Neuroscience, Inc.
Everyone’s experience with MS is different and unique to themselves. There are some symptoms that you may experience that others do not. It’s important to remember that any new symptom you are experiencing, big or small, should be shared with your healthcare provider. A few of these MS symptoms include:
- Dizziness – When people with MS experience this symptom, they may feel light-headed, weak, or off-balance. Talk with your doctor to treat dizziness effectively.
- Headaches – A migraine headache may arise, which can cause constant throbbing pain in one area of the head if left untreated.
- Skin Discomfort – Itching and burning of the skin may occur. These symptoms may occur suddenly over any part of the body but may last only for a short period of time.
- Difficulty Hearing – This can be caused by damage to the myelin sheath near the auditory nerves.
- Speech Problems – Some people with MS may have trouble enunciating while speaking. Speech patterns can be affected by damaged areas in the brain. Many people who experience problems with speech also have trouble swallowing.
Share your symptoms with your healthcare provider, even if you think it may be trivial or unrelated to MS. It may be helpful to document these symptoms with a journal or by using tools available on your smartphone or computer so you can be prepared to speak honestly with your doctor. Be proactive and advocate for yourself—you are not alone in this journey!
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Crystal D. RN, BSN
About The Author
Crystal D. RN, BSN has supported MS patients as well as patients with other neurological and respiratory disorders. She has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse, working in both inpatient as well as community health positions.
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.