MS affects people of all ages, but symptoms often begin between the ages of 20 and 40. MS symptoms can range from mild to very severe. Some common symptoms may include:
- Pain, numbness, tingling or itchy feelings around your body
- Muscle weakness and lack of coordination
- Dizziness or trouble with balance
- Trouble walking
- Vision problems, such as blurry or double vision
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Depression and emotional changes
- Sexual problems
The symptoms can get worse over time or may vary between more and less severe symptoms. There is no cure for MS, but there are treatments that help reduce existing symptoms, prevent new attacks (relapses) and slow the pace of disability.
The symptoms of MS tend to be wide ranging and are often associated with other disorders. As a result, many people are not diagnosed with it right away.