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What are the symptoms of primary-progressive multiple sclerosis?

The symptoms associated with primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) are similar to those of any other type of multiple sclerosis (MS). The difference is that symptoms of PPMS do not appear during an attack. They simply get steadily worse over a long period of time. MS leaves your nerves at risk when their protective layer of fatty myelin is damaged. This can lead to several symptoms including tiredness; problems with coordination or balance; vision problems; cognitive issues; numbness, prickling or dizziness; altered mood; or bladder, bowel or sexual dysfunction. With PPMS, it is most common for a patient to experience weakness in a particular part of their body, which gradually gets worse over time.

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