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Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

People who have MS can lead a full and satisfying life. Every person’s experience is different with some having no limitations to others having significant limitations. For some people, these limitations can be a part of every-day life. At times, MS symptoms may interfere with work or social activities and may require making adjustments in daily routines. Individuals can experience difficulty with walking or driving, completing household tasks, managing finances, or completing work functions.

Fortunately, treatments are available to help with symptom management and there are rehabilitation strategies to address these limitations. Specialists in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Urology, Pain Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech and Recreational Therapy, and Social Work can help manage the symptoms associated with MS, and are available to Veterans through the VA. It is also important to note that in addition to addressing MS symptoms, individuals should also pay attention to their overall health and quality of life. Managing stress, increasing exercise and quitting smoking will help in general and specifically with MS management.

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Bowel

Breathing

Cognition

Dizziness or Vertigo

Emotional Changes and Depression

Fatigue

Mobility

Numbness or Tingling

Pain

Seizures

Sex and Intimacy

Spasticity

Speech and Swallowing

Tremor

Vision


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