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Initial Symptoms

  • By angkPT

    I am new to this community, and I haven’t been officially diagnosed with MS yet. I am waiting on a neurology appointment, and we know how long that can take. So while I anxiously wait, I am curious to know what initial signs and symptoms have led to others’ diagnosis of MS?

  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi angkPT! Welcome to the community! I do hope you are able to see the neurologist in a timely fashion, although I know the wait for first appointments can be significant.

    In addition to any community feedback you may receive, I wanted to share some information about what various members have said about the initial symptoms they experienced. For each individual, it’s been a bit different. Some individuals have experienced issues with vision, which you can read about here — Some people deal with balance or dizziness issues from the start — and Honestly, many different initial symptoms may occur. You can read more about them here —

    Again, I hope you can get an appointment and a definitive diagnosis very soon!

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions.

    Best, Erin, Team Member

  • By OMGillian

    My first symptoms were extremely cold feet that “felt really weird” like my skin had gotten thick or something…this was quickly followed by tingling and what I now describe as wearing glittery socks. After 2 weeks I experienced blurred vision, speech issues, loss of balance, loss of coordination, fatigue and mood swings.

  • By Nancy W

    My symptoms that lead to diagnosis were numbness in part of my face and loss of taste in part of my tongue. I also had urinary symptoms but did not immediately associate those with MS. 2 months later I developed a tremor in my face. That was when the neuro said now I have “multiple” attacks so it is likely MS.