Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms


Vertigo as a symptom of multiple sclerosis can be very disabling, interfering with almost every aspect of daily living.

Vertigo and dizziness are two terms which are routinely interchanged, however, they each apply to specific types of symptom.

Vertigo relates to feeling that you, or the room, is spinning; while dizziness applies to feelings of lightheadedness or the feeling that you might faint.

With vertigo, the illusion of motion is very powerful and can lead to nausea and vomiting. It is often made worse by inclining the head a particular way or by laying down.

Acute vertigo, that is to say, sudden onset of continuous vertigo, is often quite severe. When the other senses such as sight are unable to be used, for example, in a darkened room; it often aggravates things and makes vertigo much worse.

Types of Vertigo

It is possible to have different types of vertigo, where the illusion of motion has a particular bias. These can of course, occur simultaneously or individually.

  • Spinning sensation where the external environment seems to continually rotate, usually clockwise.
  • Rushing sensation where the ground appears to suddenly rush upwards.
  • Semi-spinning sensation where the rotation is only partial and keeps returning to normal before a partial rotation occurs again.

Although acute vertigo can be distressing, it usually recedes over time, typically a few weeks, although it can be as long as several months before it passes entirely and there may be left a residual tendency towards further, if less severe, episodes.


Early Symptoms

| Early Symptoms of MS |

Arms and Legs

| Foot Drop | Paralysis | Spasticity | Tremor |

Head and Neck

| Adjustment Disorder | Balance | Brain Fog | Cognitive Problems | Concentration | Depression | Dizziness | Emotions | Euphoria | Language | L'Hermittes Sign | Memory Problems | Mental Problems | Optic Neuritis | Paranoia | Psychosis | Speech Problems | Vertigo | Vision Problems |

Body and Body as a whole

| Bladder | Bowel | Fatigue | Numbness | Pain | Sexual Dysfunction | Uhthoff's Phenomenon |


Multiple Sclerosis

The average time between clinical onset of MS and diagnosis by physicians is 4 - 5 years.

Life Expectancy

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