Each person with multiple sclerosis has a different pain story. Some don’t have any at all. Or you might feel a tingle, stab, or spasm.
One out of two people with the condition hurt for a long time. But there are several ways to get relief.
Origins of the Ouch
The pain you feel from MS can come from different places in your body. It can be due to the damage to the neurons in your brain and spine. Or it can stem from your bones, joints, and muscles.
Lots of things affect what you feel, including...
Whether you have a diagnosis or are worried about symptoms, know that MS doesn't have to control your life. You can work with your doctor to treat and manage your symptoms so you can stay healthy and continue to live the life you want.
No two people have exactly the same symptoms of MS.
You may have a single symptom, and then go months or years without any others. A problem can also happen just one time, go away, and never return. For some people, the symptoms become worse within weeks or months.
Common Symptoms of MS
These are the most common changes to the mind and body in someone with MS. Keep in mind that the severity of symptoms varies greatly and many people go years with only mild symptoms that come and go.
Unusual sensations: People with MS often say they feel a "pins and needles" sensation. They may also have numbness, itching, burning, stabbing, or tearing pains. About half of people with MS have these uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, they can be managed or treated.
Bladder problems: About 8 in 10 people have bladder problems, which can be treated. You may need to urinate more often, need to go at night, or have trouble emptying your bladder fully. Bowel problems, especially constipation, are also common.
Trouble walking: MS can cause muscle weakness or spasms, which make it more difficult to walk. Balance problems, numb feet, and fatigue can also make walking more difficult.
Dizziness: You may feel dizzy or lightheaded. You usually won't have vertigo, or the feeling that the room is spinning.