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5 Ways Multiple Sclerosis Affects Your Body From Head to Toe

July 26, 2017

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness that has many different symptoms and can affect any part of your body. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms, but here are some of the ways that the condition can affect you according to healthline.com.

Mouth and Throat

Around 40% of people living with MS may experience problems with speech, usually slurred speech or trouble articulating. Some people may also have trouble controlling the volume of their speech. Some people may also have problems swallowing. Speech and language therapists can help with both speech and swallowing problems.

Arm and Legs

Patients may suffer from a variety of aliments in their limbs, such as pain, numbness, and tingling. Fine and gross motor skills may be affected and many will suffer from balance problems or have difficulty walking.


Vision problems are often one of the first signs of MS. This includes double vision, blurred vision, and eye pain.


Cognitive issues such as brain fog, memory, and concentration problems are common for people living with MS. Many experience vertigo or dizziness, and in rare cases, tremors or seizures.

Skeletal Structure

The regular use of steroids and lack of exercise puts MS patients at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Therefore, exercise is vital to keeping bones strong and heathy. MS patients are also likely to be deficient in vitamin D, which plays an important role in bone health.