Numbness of the face, body, or extremities is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis and is often the first symptom experienced.

The numbness may be mild or so severe that it interferes with the ability to use the affected body part. For example, a person with very numb feet may have difficulty walking. Numb hands may prevent writing, dressing, or holding objects safely.

Persons with multiple sclerosis who have severe facial numbness should be very careful when eating or chewing, as they may unwittingly bite the inside of their mouth or tongue.

People with numbness over other parts of the body should be especially careful around fires, hot water and other sources of heat, as they may suffer a burn without realising it.

Fortunately, most instances of numbness are not disabling and tend to remit on their own. In very severe cases, the neurologist may prescribe a brief course of corticosteroids, which may restore sensation.  

Seeing MS - Numbness

Photographed by Nic Walton-Healey
Inspired by Adriana Grasso's invisible symptom

When I woke up, my hands were gone.



Nerves that transmit sensation are corrupted, causing sharp pins and needles or even eliminating the ability to feel anything at all.

Nic Walton-Healy

Nicholas Walton-Healey is a young award winning photographer based in Melbourne, whose work has been published and exhibited extensively within Australia and overseas.

About Adriana

Adriana Grasso is one of MS Australia’s most influential fundraisers. Numbness often robs her of all sensation in her fingers, making it difficult to type, cook or even hold hands with her fiancĂ©.

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