The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are related to what nerve tissue has been affected. They can range from mild to severe, and also may improve and then come back again later. Symptoms vary from person to person, and also from time to time in the same person. Common symptoms of MS include the following:
It is important to note that the majority or people with MS do not become severely disabled (e.g., paralyzed). In fact, approximately two-thirds of MS patients remain able to walk, though they may require the use of an aid (e.g., cane, crutches). In addition, MS is not considered a fatal disease. In fact, the vast majority of MS patients live a normal lifespan, though they are often faced with increasing physical limitations as time goes on.