MS affects millions of people worldwide, and it often produces symptoms that are hard to differentiate from other things. MS has a wide range of symptoms, but not everybody will experience all of them. Some of the more common MS symptoms include: blurred vision, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, pain, and difficulty swallowing. MS symptoms may come and go and vary over time with your age. But the one consistent thing about MS is that no matter what form it takes, it leads to painful loss of movement.
MS can lead to a whole host of different chronic conditions, including but not limited to depression and fatigue. One of the best ways to distinguish between the various types of MS is to carefully watch your body's response to fatigue. If you start to feel fatigued or depressed when you are not experiencing MS symptoms, you should see a doctor right away. The same is true for those who suddenly start to feel weak and run down when they are engaged in strenuous activity.
MS often produces symptoms that are mistaken for other things. For instance, stress can be a trigger for fatigue. Therefore, it is often used to screen for this MS symptom. Many doctors ask patients if they have had any recent stress and then test their fatigue levels. If they do report an increase in fatigue when placed under stressful conditions, then that is a good sign that MS might be the cause. This is why MS fatigue is frequently used as one of the MS symptoms in MS diagnostic tests.
Another common MS symptom that is frequently misdiagnosed is pain, especially in the upper back and hips. This pain is often mistaken for sciatica caused by pulled muscles, which is another common MS symptom. However, the pain produced by multiple sclerosis may actually be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. So if your symptoms are that of worsening motor function, or pain that worsens when you stand or sit, then you could very well be experiencing a relapse of your MS.
MS typically produces symptoms of weakness, fatigue, and decreased mobility. MS relapses are characterized by a return to previous stages of MS activity. MS relapses can result from a variety of different underlying conditions, including but not limited to: stroke, systemic illness, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis (MS) itself, and demyelination. A neurological disorder such as a stroke can lead to the development of permanent damage to the central nervous system, known as demyelination; thus if this is the case for your MS symptoms, it is wise to have yourself examined by an expert to determine the cause of your stroke.
MS attacks can produce waves of specific symptoms such as: muscle spasms, weakness, tremor, and/or attacks of breathlessness. Although these attacks vary in intensity and in frequency, they can be felt all the time in your limbs and body, sometimes even in your facial skin and extremities (such as fingers and toes). MS symptoms may also be felt in the eye area, neck, face, extremities, chest, back, jaw, shoulders, and neck. This last symptom is what is called "paroxysmal". MS paroxysmal attacks are usually strongest within fifteen minutes and tend to dissipate after thirty minutes.
MS patients who have had strokes are particularly at risk of developing MS because the risk factors are so close. MS is more prevalent in people with hypertension and diabetes, and people who smoke, drink alcohol, and have a family history of MS are particularly vulnerable. MS is also more prevalent in people with lower muscle mass. However, MS symptoms may develop and worsen without prior warning in some people; especially those who sleep well and do not lift weights, engage in vigorous exercise, or do not engage in strenuous hobbies. Stress, depression, and emotional trauma can also lead to worsening of MS.
There is no cure for MS. But there are ways to manage the effects of this disease and improve the quality of life of people affected by it. There are multiple sclerosis medications available, and MS patients should follow their doctors' instructions in using them, including how often to apply them and the times when they should be avoided. There are also a variety of therapies, such as biofeedback and various exercise regimes, which may help many MS patients cope with their MS symptoms. MS symptoms continue to deteriorate as the disease progresses, but there have been tremendous improvements in the way it is managed over the past several years. MS is still a long-term disease, but there have been remarkable strides in the management of MS symptoms in recent years.
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