In many conditions we see, a diagnosis is often not given until symptoms have progressed to a certain point and a group of symptoms that now resemble a condition are now present. However, as Benjamin Franklin said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Therefore, being proactive with your health and seeking help before the onset of symptoms is advisable. At the very least, being able to recognise early signs and symptoms is hugely important to curb progression and seek an early intervention .
Looking back on the blog on multiple sclerosis, some of the most common symptoms of MS are as follows;
- Fatigue - people describe an overwhelming sense of tiredness with no obvious cause
- Numbness and tingling - A common type of discomfort in MS is an unpleasant, unusual sensation that appears to be in your skin, like numbness and tingling
- Dizziness and balance issues - this can often effect walking in multiple sclerosis patients
- Stiffness and spasms
- Tremor - tremor is a trembling or shaking movement. Tremors can be mild or more pronounced, causing a drink to spill when a cup is full, for example, or affecting handwriting
- Vision problems - The most common issues with vision in MS are optic neuritis and eye movement problems. Optic neuritis is often an early symptom of multiple sclerosis, although you may have problems with your eyes at any time
- Memory/thinking problems/brain fog - Cognitive problems can affect people with MS, but the effects are generally mild.
With that in mind, many of these symptoms can be present due to other conditions and may progress into conditions other that Multiple Sclerosis.