MS symptoms can change and come and go over time. They can be relatively mild, to the point they are not noticeable to other people, or significantly more severe than that. Basically, the symptoms of MS are due to your immune system mistakenly attacking the nerves in either your spinal cord or brain by mistake. While this is a fairly common condition, not everyone who has MS will have the same symptoms. However, they are still symptoms that you should be aware of and look out for.
The most common symptoms of MS are intense pain, which can be felt all over your body, from your fingertips to your toes. Also, you may experience numbness, tingling or weakness in one or more of these areas. In addition to the pain, MS sufferers can also experience bladder problems and bowel problems. Bladder problems, specifically incontinence, can be quite painful for someone with MS. This is because the muscles that control bladder movements get stiff when someone is bothered by MS, so they may accidentally start straining while passing urine.
Another of the MS symptoms is fatigue. Someone who has MS typically has a lack of energy. Not only does the energy drop considerably while you are active, but it takes longer to recharge, which means that you are tired all the time, even though you may be quite busy. MS causes a lack of energy and stamina, which can lead to fatigue. Again, this can lead to fatigue and difficulty getting through your day.
People with MS symptoms often also experience relapses. Relapses are episodes when you experience an acute relapse in which you experience another attack of MS. Generally, relapses happen several times per month or even several times per week. Someone may have a brief relapse and then feel better right away, but then again they may relapse and have a relapse yet again within a few days. Relapses can range from mild to severe.
All of these MS symptoms, including fatigue, can also occur in people without MS. They just don't experience them as severely. They may still have moderate MS and therefore not be showing any of the different types of MS symptoms listed above. However, their quality of life may be drastically diminished, and they may find that relapses happen more often and more intensely.
There is one other thing that people with MS need to be aware of - stress. Stress increases the risk of relapses in several ways. It can cause you to become inactive and not want to do anything, which can increase fatigue. When you are stressed, your brain releases chemicals that can weaken the protective lining in your brain and make it more susceptible to other illnesses, including MS. Stress can also cause you to experience muscle spasms, weakness, lack of appetite, headaches, shortness of breath and anxiety.
The more common symptoms of MS and the ones that affect you the most, such as pain and fatigue, are the things that affect you the most. This is why it's important to always stay active and try to eat healthy and get lots of sleep. Be sure to check with your doctor regularly, especially if you're experiencing new symptoms or if they are worse than they were previously. Your doctor will be able to run tests that can help you determine whether you have MS or something else.
MS symptoms are very varied and there are a lot of different things that can affect you. Because there is currently no cure for MS, it's very important that you know what to look for so that you can detect it early. MS is not a life-threatening disease, but it can have serious implications on your quality of life and your ability to function on a daily basis. By monitoring your symptoms regularly and seeking out medical treatment if necessary, you can easily learn how to detect whether you are suffering from MS or another condition and then take steps to cure yourself.
Oren Zarif - Psychokinesis