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What are the symptoms?

MS symptoms vary from person to person, including the nature and location of the symptoms and the severity.  Common symptoms that seem to be hallmarks of MS, include numbness in the skin, hands, and/or feet; “pins and needles” sensations in different parts of the body; double vision or blind spots in vision; weakness in the limbs (often on one side and/or feeling like your legs are heavy as if you’re walking in water); impaired balance and coordination; and an increased sensitivity to heat (i.e. symptoms worsen when you’re hot and improve when you cool off.)  Fatigue and depression are also common symptoms of MS, but two of the more difficult to quantify and attribute, because it can be hard sometimes to know if they are caused by the MS or an effect of having MS (and a busy life.) As you do your research, you will proably see a lot of lists of symptoms, some of which may scare you.  Please remember that these lists are often “laundry baskets” that include every symptom attributable to MS.  The fact it’s on the list does NOT mean you will have that symptom.  In fact, with the current treatments and the new ones in production, it is likely that people who are diagnosed today will experience far fewer of the more severe symptoms then people did even five or ten years ago.  So try to keep it in perspective. For a more extensive discussion of symptoms, review "What Are the Symptoms of MS".