MS 101: MS Symptoms

  • by  Crystal D.
  •   March 04, 2019

Crystal D. is a paid employee of Teva Neuroscience, Inc.

Everyone’s experience with MS is different and unique to themselves. There are some symptoms that you may experience that others do not. It’s important to remember that any new symptom you are experiencing, big or small, should be shared with your healthcare provider. A few of these MS symptoms include:

  • Dizziness – When people with MS experience this symptom, they may feel light-headed, weak, or off-balance.  Talk with your doctor to treat dizziness effectively.
  • Headaches – A migraine headache may arise, which can cause constant throbbing pain in one area of the head if left untreated. 
  • Skin Discomfort – Itching and burning of the skin may occur. These symptoms may occur suddenly over any part of the body but may last only for a short period of time.
  • Difficulty Hearing – This can be caused by damage to the myelin sheath near the auditory nerves.
  • Speech Problems – Some people with MS may have trouble enunciating while speaking. Speech patterns can be affected by damaged areas in the brain. Many people who experience problems with speech also have trouble swallowing.  

Share your symptoms with your healthcare provider, even if you think it may be trivial or unrelated to MS. It may be helpful to document these symptoms with a journal or by using tools available on your smartphone or computer so you can be prepared to speak honestly with your doctor. Be proactive and advocate for yourself—you are not alone in this journey!

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Crystal D. RN, BSN

Teva’s Shared Solutions® Clinical Nurse Educator

About The Author

Crystal D. RN, BSN is a Clinical Nurse Educator who has been with Teva for over two years, supporting MS patients as well as patients with other neurological and respiratory disorders. She has over 20 years of experience as a registered nurse, working in both inpatient as well as community health positions.

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  • Bruce | March 04, 2019
    That was very good, especially some of the things that I’ve experienced that I didn’t know could be MS related like feeling lightheaded and having skin discomfort.
    Really good knowing about this, that I’m not the only one, and reminds me to mention this stuff to my doc when I see them.
    Thank you,
    Bruce.
  • Bruce | March 08, 2019
    Really good article.
    Feeling light headed or dizzy, and having itchy skin weren’t things i ever thought could be MS related.
    I thought it was just from bring thirsty, or having dry skin.
    Good to also now know that I’m not the only one who has experienced this.
    I often wonder if other things I feel could be MS related.
    I’ll definitively write stuff down, and mention to my doctor.
    Thanks.

    • Teva's Lift MS® Team | March 11, 2019
      We are happy you are finding value in the blog, Bruce! Please continue to check back for more info.
  • Cecile Niquette i | April 01, 2019
    I have it all
  • Laura Palafox  | April 17, 2019
    I have MS and always have headaches
  • Mary | June 11, 2019
    I experience the conditions quite a bit at different times.
  • Patricia | June 19, 2019
    I had MRI stating I have pods.I have all the symtons.I am always falling.TY