Symptoms of MS

Note: Due to the fact there is a very limited Neurological service available in Taranaki resulting in very long waiting times to see the visiting Neurologist, it may be appropriate to ask your GP for a private referral to a Neurologist outside Taranaki (Auckland, Waikato, Palmerston North) – unfortunately there is a cost associated with this which will have to be met by the patient.

MS can cause a wide variety of symptoms, however most people with MS will experience only a few of these symptoms throughout the course of the disease. Some MS symptoms are more common than others, such as problems with vision, weakness or fatigue.

Most symptoms of MS usually occur in a pattern of relapse followed by a period of remission. This means that people with MS may have some noticeable symptoms, such as weakness or trouble with their speech, after an MS attack. However, these symptoms may improve either completely or partially during remission, and different treatments are available to reduce or prevent symptom relapses.

There are other symptoms of MS, such as fatigue and emotional changes that can occur at any time during the course of this condition as well as during an MS attack.

Being diagnosed with MS can be a very frightening time, as the symptoms of MS are unpredictable. Support is available from your MS Field Officer and a range of healthcare professionals to help you take control and manage your MS symptoms.

Common symptoms of MS affect or involve:

  • Balance and co-ordination
  • Bladder and bowels
  • Fatigue
  • Memory and concentration
  • Mood and emotions
  • Muscle spasms and stiffness
  • Pain
  • Speech and swallowing
  • Vision
  • Weakness

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