Dizziness is a common symptom in people with MS and is a feeling of being off balance or lightheaded. Vertigo is a less common symptom for people with MS. Vertigo causes the sensation that the person or their surroundings are spinning or moving.
Dizziness and vertigo may be caused by MS involving a region of the brain called the brainstem or cerebellum, and may be caused by other common non-MS related problems involving the inner ear or vestibular nerve. Another cause could be medications used to treat MS or other conditions. Determining the cause of the dizziness or vertigo is complex and usually requires an evaluation by a neurologist. Click below to watch a video about dizziness and vertigo in MS patients.
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