There are many types of MS. When it occurs during childhood, it usually is relapsing and remitting. This means that the symptoms reappear every few months or years, last for a few weeks or months, then go away again.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:
Numbness or tingling in the face or limbs
Problems seeing, such as blurred vision, double vision, and loss of vision
Feeling very tired
Muscle stiffness, spasms, or weakness
Problems walking or with balance
Weakness in 1 or more limbs
Bladder problems, such as urgency and loss of control
Multiple sclerosis. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aans.org/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Multiple%20Sclerosis.aspx. Accessed December 31, 2019.
Pediatric MS. National Multiple Sclerosis Society website. Available at: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Who-Gets-MS/Pediatric-MS. Accessed December 31, 2019.
Zurawski J, Stankiewicz J. Multiple Sclerosis Re-Examined: Essential and Emerging Clinical Concepts. Am J Med. 2018 May;131(5):464-472.
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