MS First Symptom That Should Not Be Ignored

MS First SymptomAn MS first symptom is often ignored. It’s not unusual for many people who are eventually diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis to experience strange symptoms for years, that mysteriously come and go. Sometimes these strange symptoms and odd body sensations are so benign or fleeting that they’re often ignored because they are not particularly inconveniencing or disabling.

Watch this video where I discuss one of the first common symptoms of MS and why this is one not to be ignored.


We hope that you found this information helpful – if you know of anyone who would also benefit, please pass this along.

If you’ve also experienced symptoms like these, let us know what it was like for you – when did you finally receive a diagnosis in relation to experiencing these symptoms?



About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. I had this symptom when I was 24 years old. I woke up one morning and had numbness on the right side of my face down to the right thumb. It did go away in a few days and at the time I had no medical insurance so I was not going to the doctor. I was finally diagnosed when I was 34 years old after several different symptoms which were ruled as returning conditions or other diagnosis.

    My family doctor finally ordered an MRI after I was experiencing dizziness while standing still. The MRI showed the white lesions which gave me the diagnosis of MS.

  2. Thank you so much for your articles and videos. I am just now being diagnosed with MS. Besides years of thinking the mentioned 1st symptoms were from an old auto accident, when I had an unrelated surgery in Jan. I have been in bed ever since. I wish I knew then what I know now, maybe I would have been diagnosed a lot sooner. Thank you again.

    • Jenn~
      Thank you for sharing your story. I know it’s difficult most of the time to get a diagnosis. I’m glad you at least have confirmation! I look forward to getting to know you, I just wish it were for other reasons!

  3. Thank you Dena-lynn and Linda for the strength, energy, and patience to be able to share this information with me. I am consoled by reading these blogs. My symptoms are tingling and numbness on face, arms, and legs. My knees sometimes buckle and my right leg drags when I walk. When I stand my right foot points inward. My right arm hangs and appears limp. Of course I also have dizzy spells and blurry vison as well as slurred speech. I have been fighting the wrong dx since 2006. I was given the anxiety and panic attack dx and so far the treatments of course havent helped any. I have had a Mri without the dye and no lesions have showed up. I have been told that Ms symptoms do not go and come by my gp. I pushed for a 2nd opinion and I am currently waiting to see a 3rd neurologist. I am going to demand a lumbar puncture and another Mri with dye. I dont hope to have Ms but since I do experience the symptoms I want the correct dx. My family doesnt know what to say but tend to lean on anxiety. My mom was also diagnosed with Ms when she was in her early 20’s. Maybe she is in denial with her daughters symptoms.

    • Kathleen,
      I want to say, God bless~ I totally understand the desire be diagnosed even if it’s this dreaded disease at least then you know what you’re fighting! Keep in touch and let us know the results of your neuro visit!

    • Kathleen

      Just to let you know. none of my lession’s show up without Dye! I am ok until they inject the dye. Then all the lesion’s show up. I had a Lumbar Puncture. Everything pointed toward MS. Go ahead do it be prpaired painful and requires stillness. Even afterward’s you have to be still cause it could leak. Which causes severe headaache. Good Luck!


      • Margo,
        It’s the same with me~ without the dye, the lesions can’t be seen! The Lumbar Puncture didn’t have the same result for me though. My Doctor is so skilled at the technique that I didn’t feel a thing! I think I had a mild headache for a couple of days because I was expecting one~ Who knows I’ve got other things to think about! 🙂

  4. Hi Linda,

    Thanks for referring me to this video. I’m honestly afraid to face this. When I had a breast ultrasound few months and found out I have 5 cysts in my breasts, I really cried. Though the doctor said there was nothing to worry as they’re very small and benign. Possibly hormonal. Now I have to face another health issue. Your site is really helpful. 🙂

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