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5 Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

March 1, 2017

The World May Seem Duller- Many early warning signs of MS center on vision troubles. That's because MS can cause optic neuritis, a condition that damages the nerve connecting the eye to the brain, according to WebMD. This — among other things — can make colors appear less vivid.

Your Body May Seem Numb- If you've been feeling tingly as of late, it may be your body trying to tell you something. This is especially true if it's been in the form of numbness or weakness in one or more limbs, women's health expert Dr. Donnica L. Moore tells me. You might also feel repetitive pain or tingling sensations in various parts of the body (like your face). This is due to MS affecting your nerves, so do yourself a favor and get yourself evaluated ASAP.

Constant Fatigue- People know the difference when you have worked really hard and had a long day, as compared to when you have done nothing and still feel exhausted. If you are experiencing this, it is worth telling a doctor.

Extra Sensitiveness to Heat- It's normal to feel tired at the gym, but it's not so normal to feel weak. If you are feeling a weakness at the gym daily, or during those hot summer days, take note of it. Do not ignore these symptoms just because they go away after you cool down.

Over-Active Bladder- Bathroom-related issues pop up all the time with any MS patient. You might notice you're peeing more frequently or urgently, having trouble emptying your bladder, or even struggling with bowel changes. These issues can point to a bunch of different diagnoses but MS is certainly one of them.