Actor Christina Applegate said she missed early symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) such as balance a few years ago.
Experts say it can be difficult to diagnose MS from early symptoms because things such as fatigue and anxiety can be caused by other factors.
Nonetheless, they add that early diagnosis is important for MS since there are treatments and therapies that can ease symptoms.
Christina Applegate says she missed the early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) and now wishes she’d paid more attention before finally being diagnosed.
The 50-year-old actor recently told the New York Times she first noticed changes in her body a few years ago while shooting the first season of her Netflix show “Dead To Me.”
She struggled with balance during a dancing scene. Then, she noticed her tennis game was slipping, which she chalked up to not working hard enough.
In a recent Twitter post, Applegate noted that wearing shoes can make someone with MS feel off balance.
“I wish I had paid attention,” Applegate told the Times. “But who was I to know?”
What to know about multiple sclerosis
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS “is a disease that impacts the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, which make up the central nervous system and controls everything we do.”