7 Strange Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that is unique to each patient, which means no two people suffer from identical symptoms. While there are many symptoms MS patients share such as pain and chronic fatigue, there are also some very strange and unusual symptoms that some may experience.  We’ve put together a list of some of the stranger symptoms of the disease based on information from verywell.com and healthcentral.com.

The body reacts to the weather. 
Many MS patients say their symptoms get worse depending on the weather. Humidity can exacerbate the symptoms of MS for many sufferers and some even report feeling strange when there is a thunderstorm — that their body buzzes and feels tingly in an uncomfortable and unpleasant way.

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The body reacts to dental work.
Some MS patients experience a worsening of symptoms following routine dental appointments. It hasn’t been established whether this is stress-related (because few people enjoy visiting their dentist) or for some other reason, and researchers have been unable to find a link between the two.

Sun exposure is a natural medicine. 
Conversely, although many MS patients cannot tolerate high temperatures, some report that cooler sunny days make them feel much better and lessens the effects of symptoms. This could be because the body is making vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

The body reacts to flying.
There have been reports of MS relapses during long-haul flights. There isn’t any medical evidence to suggest why this is happening, and researchers have yet to prove whether it’s due to altitude or being in a confined space for a long period of time.

MORE: Do you know how our bodies convert sunlight into vitamin D?

The body twitches.
While twitching and muscle spasms are common symptoms in other diseases of the central nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease and ALS, it is not generally considered a common symptom of MS. However, many patients do report twitching and muscle spasms, usually in their limbs but also in their heads, torso, and even their vocal chords.

The feet get hot. 
Hot feet or extreme sensations of pins and needles in the feet is another one of the more unusual symptoms of MS. Some describe it like walking barefoot over gravel or that their feet are literally on fire even though they feel cool to the touch. This tends to be worse when people are in bed.

You feel like you’re being hugged. 
Some MS patients have reported suffering from an odd symptom where they feel like they are being tightly squeezed around the torso or stomach. The pain is often so intense that patients experience difficulty breathing or fear they are having a heart attack.

MORE: 26 tips to help manage common MS symptoms

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8 comments

  1. charles says:

    symptoms get way, way stranger than that. there are things that we do not even have words to express. if you feel like your bones are melting or like the world is shifting and pulsating around you, you might have multiple sclerosis. if you feel some weird sensation like a thought is trying to occur to you, but you can’t even categorize it, you might have multiple sclerosis. if you feel out of breath from being confused, you might have multiple sclerosis. there is just not a dictionary thick enough to describe this shit…

    • PATTI says:

      I HEAR EVERYTHING YOUR SAYING. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO ADD, WHEN YOUR IN THE MIDDLE OF A SENTENCE AND HAVE TO STOP CUZ YOU COMPLETELY FORGET WHAT THE NEXT WORD IS GOING TO BE. OR YOU KNOW WHAT THE NEXT WORD IS GOING TO BE, BUT YOU CAN’T GET IT OUT. OR AS I LIKE TO CALL IT, CAN’T GET IT TO ROLL OFF YOUR TOUNGE.YOU KNOW THE WORD, IT JUST GETS STUCK IN YOU’RE MOUTH.SO FRUSTRATING, AND AS FOR ME, MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A COMPLETE DUMBASS!!

  2. Judi Badenhop says:

    When I am about to have a relapse, every time I wake during the night, my legs will stretch on their own. Hard to make them stop. Very Scarry!

  3. Jillian Grayson says:

    Sometimes it’s like I’m walking along, then boom it’s like stairs in front of me I can’t figure out how to navigate.I have had to slow down to keep from falling. My eyes fog over and everything becomes a blur.

  4. STEPHANIE says:

    Hi I feel like I have MS been having stomach issues for years it’s gotten better over the years but I’d get such random and weird symptoms that will happen at random. So hard to explain. Weird sensation like someone is squeezing me in my ribs. Sharp pains in my back that makes it hard to breathe at times but goes away, frequent urination, lower bladder pains, pain in left eye, eye lid twitch, brain fog, unbalanced it can go on. But whatvusualy lingers is the lower abdominal cramping and frequent urination.

    I’ve gotten checked and gotten an MRI done of my brain and spine and all shows normal. So I’m confused and dont know where to go from here.

    I’ve done every test under the sun, MRI’s, CT, bloodwork, ultrasound, EGD, 2 colonoscopies, x-ray. I just feel lost and crazy! Any ideas on where I should go from here?

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