8 Less Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) results when the body’s immune system starts to attack and destroy myelin, the protecting coating on nerve fibers in the brain and/or spinal cord of the central nervous system. Common symptoms of MS include fatigue; numbness and tingling of the face, body, arms and legs; muscle spasms; walking difficulties; bladder problems; bowel problems; vision problems; and cognitive changes.

But there are some less common symptoms of MS that you should know about. Here are eight lesser-known potential signs of MS:


Speech problems could happen in approximately 25 to 40 percent of multiple sclerosis patients. Problems with speech may show during a later stage of the disease course, and during periods when patients experience an extreme level of fatigue. Stuttering is also a speech issue that can occasionally occur.

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  1. David Pepe says:

    Speech is a problem for me. I have difficulty forming words with my lips and tongue. Can’t leave out fumbling for the appropriate word.
    Being an Secondary English teacher it became quite problematic.

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Oh wow David. That is a little problematic. Speech is one of those things that many people who do not have MS understand. Combined with the occasional brain fog, speech problems can be quite frustrating to say the least.

    • Connie says:

      Speech is a problem for me too. It has been difficult to say the least as I have always taken pride in my communicative skills.

  2. Claire says:

    Re: hearing loss
    I have MS and some hearing loss – a combination of age, tinnitus and a brain fog that makes it harder to follow what is being said. It might be a MS symptom in itself or a combination of all these…………….

  3. Lupita says:

    Tremors are affecting my son, at a very early stage of the disease, and look like medication is a difficult decision, considering side effects. We are trying nutrition, let’s see.

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