Multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms vary from person to person, and can last for days to months without periods of remission. Symptoms of MS include sexual problems and problems with the bowel, bladder, eyes, muscles, speech, swallowing, brain, and nervous system. The early symptoms and signs of multiple sclerosis usually start between age 20 and 40. MS in children, teens, and those over age 40 is rare. Treatment options for multiple sclerosis vary depending on the type and severity of symptoms. Medications may be prescribed to manage MS symptoms. Read more: Multiple Sclerosis Early Symptoms and Signs (Early, Body Areas Affected) Article
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Prevention & Wellness
- Mayzent Approved for Relapsing MS
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- Stem Cell Transplant May Help Some With Aggressive MS
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- Selma Blair Reveals MS Diagnosis
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- Use of MS Drug Expanded to Include Children
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- Sunnier Days in Youth May Mean Less Odds of MS Later
- Eating Fish Might Guard Against MS
- MS Drug Poses Hard Choices for Women Wanting Children
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