Do you know what the major MS symptoms are? When I first learned about my beloved wife's diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. How was she going to be able to drive herself to work every day, how was she going to be able to take her kids to school and how was she going to be able to do all the things she had always done? Without a real clear understanding of what Multiple Sclerosis is and how it affects people, not only can their quality of life be severely affected, but their whole way of life can be compromised.
The most common MS symptoms are: pain in the body/limp, fatigue, loss of balance, personality changes, incontinence, and bowel or bladder control issues. It is thought that Multiple Sclerosis actually damages the brain itself, causing inflammation that triggers these various reactions. As your body begins to fight off these attacks, a negative immune response is created to fight it back, leading to tiredness, fatigue and a loss in the balance of bodily functions and emotions.
Many people think they are suffering from one single MS symptoms and that maybe there is no link between Multiple Sclerosis and depression. This couldn't be further from the truth. Multiple Sclerosis, even though it affects the central nervous system, can affect many other organs within the body and it often brings on depression as well. It is not unusual for those who have Multiple Sclerosis to feel depressed, have low levels of energy, have trouble concentrating or have trouble sleeping. All these factors make it hard to function normally.
There are several MS symptoms that can bring on depression and the numbness and tingling that come with it. The incontinence mentioned above is one of them. It is very hard for a person who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis to hold back the tears when urinating. They also may have difficulty with bladder control, with the constant need to urinate. When you get up in the morning, your legs may feel stiff and dry even though you haven't been drinking much coffee or tea the entire day. MS can cause a variety of other problems that you may not be aware of, including depression.
Another one of the MS symptoms that can lead to depression is muscle stiffness. You can get muscle spasms in your arms or legs and you can also get involuntary contractions of the muscles of your face, scalp or hands. When you have muscle stiffness and tingling in your arms or legs, this is often due to the fact that there is a break in the neural pathways where the signals from the brain are sending the signals to the nerves. This break makes the signals less than clear and sometimes the signals are garbled and sometimes you can even lose feeling in some areas. Because of these symptoms, it is common for people who suffer with MS to also experience muscle spasms and tingling in the arms or legs.
Muscle stiffness is an important MS symptom that can be difficult to diagnose since there is no test that can confirm it or show that you do have MS. However, there are some common ways of assessing whether your MS symptoms are caused by this condition. One of the first symptoms that doctors will look at is pain in the legs or joints. Some MS sufferers report that they have an unusual amount of pain in their legs and joints. The symptoms may be so severe that you can't even walk or move the way that you would if you were not suffering with MS. The condition is also linked to the early signs of multiple sclerosis.
If you find that you are having a number of MS symptoms that you are unsure of, your doctor will likely want to perform a number of tests to try to isolate the condition and figure out what is causing it. One of the first signs that MS sufferers have been blurry vision. Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the blurry vision is a result of the initial MS symptoms or if the blurry vision is a result of other conditions as well. You may also begin to experience blurred vision in the area of your vision, which can make it difficult to see close objects.
Another MS symptom that you may experience is weakness in the legs or joints. MS sufferers may begin to experience problems walking after a time and may lose the ability to walk for short periods of time. MS relapses and can cause the legs to feel like jelly after exercising, which may include feeling pain when moving your legs or experiencing tightness or a loss of muscle control in the knees, ankles, or buttocks. MS symptoms that are suspected of being part of the disease-modifying therapies may include exercise, vision screenings, and MRIs as well as blood tests to look at protein levels in the blood.
Oren Zarif - Psychokinesis