Including vertigo, which is a feeling that surroundings are spinning.
An overwhelming sense of exhaustion.
- Muscle spasms1
Muscles contracting tightly and painfully.
Loss of physical feeling in parts of the body.
Can be musculoskeletal pain, or sensations caused by nervous system damage including feelings of burning or pins and needles.
Slight prickling or stinging sensation.
Feeling frail or fragile.
- Cognitive problems1
Having trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions.
- Dysarthria 1
Speech that has become slurred or difficult to understand.
Problems swallowing food or liquids.
- Hearing problems2
Can include tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
- Lhermitte’s sign3
A buzzing sensation in neck.
- Nystagmus 4
Constant eye movement.
- Pseudobulbar affect5
Uncontrollable laughing or crying.
- Visual problems 1
Including optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve), temporary loss of vision, double vision, colour blindness, eye pain, or flashes of light when moving the eye.
- MS Hug6
A ‘tight band’ feeling across the chest which causes pain.
- Erectile dysfunction1
Finding it harder to obtain or maintain an erection.
- Incontinence 1
A sudden urge to urinate, which can lead to unintentionally passing urine.
- Urinary tract infections 1
A common infection that affects the bladder.
- Foot drop 7
Weakness in front of the foot.
Disability to me means both physical and mental symptoms and both visible and hidden symptoms that can have a severe impact on how you can carry out day to day living and tasks.
The missing pieces report
Download the "Missing Pieces" report which aims to identify the gaps or ‘missing pieces’ in knowledge, awareness, treatment pathways and care plans, which are preventing people with MS from accessing the right treatment. It has explored the attitudes of people with MS and their healthcare providers towards treatment in the UK and underlines the need to challenge our thinking around treatment goals and end-points.