MS Symptoms

MS Symptoms

Each person’s MS symptoms depends on what part of the central nervous system has been affected. That’s why it’s important to track and discuss your symptoms with your doctor regularly.

Physical Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis physical symptoms show up depending on what nervous system function is affected.


MS can affect mobility. This means you can have walking problems or difficulty moving parts of your body.


MS can make your muscles weaker and can cause feelings of extreme tiredness. This can affect physical and mental strength.


It is common for people with MS to feel off-balance, lightheaded or dizzy and sometimes even feel like the room is spinning (vertigo).

Cognitive symptoms

Between 40 and 70% of people with MS will experience cognitive effects. Cognitive dysfunction can occur with any disease course, but is slightly more likely in progressive MS. Report any cognitive symptoms to your doctor.


Memory issues, and especially short-term memory problems (remembering recent events), are the most common cognitive symptom of MS.


MS can also affect your ability to concentrate or pay attention, particularly when it comes to dividing your attention between more than one thing.

Information processing speed

MS can slow down processing speed, when using your memory and verbal ability to digest and respond to information.

Emotional symptoms

If you notice any emotional changes you think may be related to your MS, let your doctor know right away.


People with MS experience feelings of depression and anxiety. Your mood may be low or agitated because of all the challenges and losses that can come with having MS.

Quality of Life

Your relationships may change, and you may do fewer things, see fewer people, feel more stress, embarrassment and frustration, have financial challenges, or feelings of loneliness.

Social Life

You may be less able to get out and do things, and your relationships with the people around you may feel different. You may need to learn how to communicate your feelings.

Help your doctor to track all your symptoms

Track your symptoms by filling out Your MS questionnaire. Show the results to your doctor during your next visit so they can make a plan that’s appropriate for you.

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