How to Manage Numbness, Tingling, and Other Sensory Symptoms of MS
By Chris Iliades, MD Medically Reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD
Sensory symptoms are among the most common symptoms of MS. Find out what triggers them and what can be done to manage them.
Some of the most distressing and even frightening symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensory disturbances — sensations that can range from numbness to itching to burning pain. They’re also common.
Because these symptoms are caused by the nerve damage that is a part of multiple sclerosis, anyone with MS is at risk of developing them.
But a range of strategies can help with managing MS sensory issues.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.