Early Signs & Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40. Usually the symptoms get better, but then they come back. Some come and go, while others linger.No two people have exactly the same symptoms. You may have a single symptom, and then go months or years without any others. A problem can also happen just one time, go away, and never return. For some people, the symptoms get worse within weeks or months.
Keep track of what’s happening to you. It’ll help your doctor monitor your disease and help her understand how well your treatment works.
Early Signs of MS
For many people, the first brush with what’s later diagnosed as MS is what doctors call clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). This episode of neurological symptoms usually lasts 24 hours. It happens when your immune systemmistakenly tells your body to attack myelin, the protective sheath over nerve cells in your brain and spine. You may hear your doctor call this demyelination. It causes scars, or lesions, that make it harder for signals to travel between your brain and your body.
There are two types of CIS:
- Monofocal episode: You have one symptom.
- Multifocal episode: You have more than one symptom.