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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Symptoms of MS: There are primary symptoms and secondary symptoms. Primary symptoms are weakness, numbness, trouble with vision, lasting 24-48 hr. These are called attacks. Secondary symptoms are fatigue, tingling, changes in the mood, worse symptoms in hot weather. These can occur every day. These are just examples, the symptoms vary a lot from person to person.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the chances of having multiple sclerosis? How common is it?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Not uncommon: There are estimated to be 400,000 cases in USA, but I think figure is far higher. The incidence in my home state of Colorado is considered to be about 1/500-1/545, and prior statistics were about 1/900, so disease seems to be more often diagnosed these days.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How to tell if these are common multiple sclerosis symptoms?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Symptoms of MS: Common symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, numbness or weakness on one side of the face or the body, double vision, clumsiness, or sometimes neuropsychiatric symptoms. The MS society keeps a helpful list of symptoms on their website. The symptoms of MS do not make the diagnosis - the evaluation and test results are needed.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are common therapies for multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
History: Originally, used interferons, such as Avonex, Betaseron, Rebif; and Copaxone. But these are of very mediocre benefit. Tysabri (natalizumab) and Gilenya seem very effective, but now we have Lemtrada, the most potent of all, but very risky. Two other oral agents might be considered, Aubagio and Tecfidera. Plegridy just arrived, but in my opinion is just an updated Avonex. The TIW Copaxone form is easy to use.
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A 38-year-old female asked:

Is insomnia common in multiple sclerosis ?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Psychiatry 32 years experience
MS: Fatigue is common. Insomnia could be secondary to mood changes or pain/discomfort, or medications.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Maybe significant: Several common presentations can include unilateral loss of vision, progressive weakness of legs, loss of coordination or balance, a band of tightness around the waist, double vision. More insidious issues include, bladder problems, cognitive challenges, fatigue, peculiar sensation losses.

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