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Early signs of MS

Multiple sclerosis can cause a wide range of symptoms and there's no exact list of early signs. A first symptom of MS for one person may never be experienced by someone else.

There's no typical pattern that applies to everyone - people can have different symptoms at different times.

A problem with vision, known as optic neuritis, is one of the more obvious early symptoms. This is often because it's a more 'concrete' symptom as opposed to 'vaguer' neurological symptoms like numbness or tingling. You shouldn't assume these symptoms are a sign of MS though - not everyone who experiences them will get an MS diagnosis.

Are my symptoms MS?

MS symptoms can include:

If you've searched for symptoms online or you know someone with MS, it may be at the front of your mind. But many symptoms of MS can also be symptoms of other conditions.

Only a neurologist can diagnose MS. If your GP thinks your symptoms need further investigation, they'll refer you to a specialist. It's best to make an appointment with your GP about any symptom that worries you.

Some people describe this period of time as 'limbo' - where they don't have a diagnosis but they're experiencing symptoms.

> Read more about getting a diagnosis and coping during this time