MS can lead to unpredictable and varying neurological disorders which can present differently in each individual. Common signs of disease are motor and sensory disorders, difficulties with vision, bladder complaints, cognitive and emotional problems, but also less measurable symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Complaints can change over the course of time.
No single symptom is characteristic of MS in itself. This means that MS cannot be confirmed by the presence of a certain symptom. It is the entire clinical context that is suggestive for the disease. Lots of people with MS experience different symptoms simultaneously, often in an early stage. Patients can recognise a progression of their complaints over the course of time, possibly resulting in progressive disability. This diversity of symptoms and unpredictable character of the disease make MS one of the most difficult neurological disorders to treat.
We provide an overview of the most common symptoms of MS below.