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Choices leaflet: MS symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) causes different symptoms in different people at different times.

No two people living with MS experience it the same way, and the type and severity of symptoms will also be affected by whether people are tired, hot, fighting infection or just feeling ‘under the weather’.

MS symptoms (Web page version)

MS symptoms (PDF Choices booklet)

MS symptoms (Word Choices booklet)

In this Choices booklet and below some of the more common symptoms of MS are explained. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and they are causing you problems, in the first instance you should consider contacting your MS nurse or even your GP. You could also ask to be referred to the appropriate specialist if necessary. Most symptoms can be treated.

Other useful resources

For more detailed information about individual symptoms, please read these Choices booklets. 

Bladder and bowel (Web page version)

Bladder and bowel (PDF Choices booklet)

Bladder and bowel (Word Choices booklet)

Diagnosis (Web page version)

Diagnosis (PDF Choices booklet)

Diagnosis (Word Choices booklet)

Fatigue (Web page version)

Fatigue (PDF Choices booklet)

Fatigue (Word Choices booklet)

Pain (Web page version)

Pain (PDF Choices booklet)

Pain (Word Choices booklet)

Speech and swallowing (Web page version)

Speech and swallowing (PDF Choices booklet)

Speech and swallowing (Word Choices booklet)

Visual symptoms (Web page version)

Visual symptoms (PDF Choices booklet)

Visual symptoms (Word Choices booklet)

New diagnosed booklet (PDF document)

Symptom diary (PDF document)

Symptom diary (Word document) 

Am I having a relapse? form (PDF document)

Am I having a relapse? form (Word document)