Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

If you’re experiencing symptoms of MS, the world-renowned doctors at Banner Health are ready to work with you and answer any questions you may have during your multiple sclerosis journey.

What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?

The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown. Scientists believe a combination of environmental factors and genetics might be responsible for causing multiple sclerosis. Additionally, women are three times more likely to develop multiple sclerosis over men, suggesting hormones may also play a role in developing the disease.

What are the General Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

Symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary from person to person and can change over time.

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include:

  • Walking difficulties, including loss of balance
  • Numbness or tingling sensations in the face, body or extremities
  • Fatigue
  • Stiffness and involuntary muscle spasms, especially in the legs
  • Bladder and bowel problems
  • Issues with sexual responses
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Noticeable cognitive changes 

What Are the Advanced Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

People with advanced multiple sclerosis may experience life-altering symptoms. These symptoms may include:

  • Loss of mobility, speech and motor skills
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Vision loss or double vision
  • Paralysis
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Memory loss

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with your doctor.