11 Silent Signs of Multiple Sclerosis It’s Easy to Overlook

The autoimmune disorder MS is called “the great masquerader” because its symptoms are so easy to brush off as something else. If you have any of these MS symptoms, get them checked out by a doctor.

Your socks don’t match

Everyone has days where they show up to work wearing one black sock and one blue sock. But if you frequently have a hard time telling colors apart, especially when it used to be easy for you, that is a red flag. Becoming partially blind, color blind, or blind in one eye is one of the primary MS symptoms, says Clifford Segil, DO, a neurologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “It’s called optic neuritis and it happens because of a loss of insulation around the optic nerves in the brain,” he explains. Here are other surprising diseases your eye doctor could detect early.

You can drink a pitcher of margaritas and never use the bathroom

While this might seem like a handy talent, drinking a lot and yet hardly peeing is not a good thing. This painful symptom, a hallmark of multiple sclerosis, is often one of the first that drives people to see a doctor. Any change in urinary frequency can be a sign of MS, Dr. Segil says, but most often it’s not being able to urinate for more than 24 hours. On the other hand, check out the medical reasons why you need to pee all the time.

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