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    For every person, the disease develops differently. Yet the early warning signs are quite similar. Learn the symptoms, the types of MS, and possible complications.

    Warning Signs

    Certain warning signs might mean MS -- or they could signal another disease, like stroke.

    Vision problems can be the first symptoms of MS. Learn more about these first signs.

    Thinking and memory problems are often early signs of MS. Learn more about these symptoms.

    Symptoms

    It’s important to recognize the early symptoms of MS, and to understand the later symptoms for management.

    Take WebMD’s MS Health Check to see how you’re handling your health and well-being and test your knowledge about multiple sclerosis.

    Tremors are recognizable symptoms of MS. Here’s what you should know.

    Fatigue is a big problem if you have MS. Conserve your personal energy with these tips.

    "MS Hug" or "MS girdle" are terms to describe a band of pain in the torso that's associated with multiple sclerosis. Click here to learn how to ease this MS symptom.

    Lhermitte’s Sign is often the first symptom of multiple sclerosis that appears. Find out more.

    Optic neuritis is one of the most common symptoms of the relapsing-remitting form of MS. When you have optic neuritis, the nerve that sends messages from your eye to your brain, called the optic nerve, is inflamed. 

    Types

    Though each person with MS lives with different symptoms, there are some major categories of the disease. They are important because they help predict how people might respond to treatments. 

    The pattern of multiple sclerosis varies from person to person. There is no way to predict how each person's condition will progress. Learn about the four courses of MS.

    Although multiple sclerosis occurs most commonly in adults, it is increasingly being diagnosed in children and teenagers. Find out more.

    This rare type of multiple sclerosis usually begins in childhood. Read more about this disease.

    Most people who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) have a type called relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS). It usually develops when you're in your 20s or 30s.

    If you have progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis (PRMS), your condition will get steadily worse from the very beginning.

    A person with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) may first seek medical care because of leg weakness or difficulty walking. Those are the most common symptoms of this type of MS.

    Most forms of multiple sclerosis strike women twice as often as men. Primary progressive MS, though, affects men and women in nearly equal numbers, baffling researchers.

    People with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) start out with another type of MS -- relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

    Demyelinating diseases damage myelin. When this happens, scar tissue forms in its place. The most common demyelinating disorder is multiple sclerosis (MS). One in 500 people have it. But there are other types.

    Complications

    MS pain differs from headache pain, a joint injury, or muscle strain. Learn more about this specific type of pain.

    There is high risk of depression if you have MS. Learn the symptoms, and where to get help.

    Bladder control problems are common if you have MS.

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