Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on what part of the brain, spinal cord, or optic nerves have been affected. Symptoms may last for a few days or be permanent. You may have symptoms that improve and then come back months to years after they have initially occurred. In some cases, even though the initial symptoms improve, you may have permanent changes that your doctor is able to detect during your exam.
Central Nervous System
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The most common symptoms of MS include:
Less common symptoms include:
Factors that may trigger or worsen symptoms include:
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Last reviewed September 2014 by Rimas Lukas, MD
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