MS symptoms can be difficult to spot at first, but with a bit of patience and time they will become more noticeable. MS is a long term and progressive disorder, and if left untreated can have detrimental effects on the sufferer's life. However, many people who first develop symptoms may only know them to be a simple flu or common cold, which take very little in the way of treatment. Others first experience symptoms of MS during or immediately following a traumatic event, such as a car accident, where there has been a large amount of joint damage. A fall or even a serious wound can result in symptoms of MS that are quite similar to those produced by a cold.
MS symptoms often begin in the central nervous system, but they can also spread to the brain and spinal cord. MS sufferers may experience muscle weakness, numbness or tingling sensation, or loss of sexual function. In addition, there can be widespread pain and stiffness throughout the body, affecting the arms, legs, and feet, or the torso and back. The numbness may occur in the arms, legs, and feet, while the loss of sexual function can affect the ability to achieve erection or even to get an erection.
MS symptoms can be caused by many things, and the exact cause of MS is unknown. However, there are some potential triggers that have been identified through research and investigation. A few of the known triggers of MS symptoms include:
* Foot Pain & Facial Nerve Shortening: MS patients may become increasingly clumsy, or their muscles may become stiff or rigid. This can produce a feeling of extreme discomfort and difficulty when walking or running. It may also lead to temporary worsening of MS symptoms when standing or walking. * Earaches: MS sufferers may experience constant earaches that do not respond to medication. * Loss of balance: As a result of muscle stiffness, MS patients may become unable to stand on one's toes for an extended period of time, and this makes it difficult to walk. * Pain in the abdomen: Muscle spasms in the abdomen, can produce a burning sensation, which can be extremely uncomfortable. * Fluid in the lungs: When MS affects the lungs, it can cause a lack of oxygen, which can cause a feeling of shortness of breath.
MS symptoms can also be triggered by additional factors, such as age (especially as we age), environmental toxins, medications, food sensitivities, and even certain types of medical treatments. MS relapses are defined when a patient's condition returns to a previous stage within a two-week period. Relapses may include the development of Secondary Progressive MS or Progressive Non-Pacentonic Neuropathy (PMN), a disorder that has similar signs and symptoms to MS but does not progress to the point of becoming a primary or secondary progressive disease. Some relapses may also be related to other medical conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, and epilepsy.
MS symptoms and their relationship to underlying causes of MS are not well understood. MS relapses frequently occur during periods when the patient is experiencing periods of temporary worsening of their MS symptoms, known as the rebound effect. MS relapses can also occur during periods of temporary remission of MS symptoms, called exacerbation. MS symptoms and the relationship to underlying causes of MS, however, continue to be a mystery to researchers.
MS symptoms and their relationship to underlying causes of MS may also be related to sex. MS patients often have difficulties with sexual function, including decreased libido and increased pain and numbness. MS flare-ups can also occur in women after they give birth or after menopause. MS symptoms and their relationship to underlying causes of MS are currently being studied. While some symptoms of MS may not appear to have any connection to the disease, others such as painful urination, fever, urinary retention, and muscle weakness can be symptoms of MS.
It's important that any healthcare provider that sees an MS patient feel free to ask questions about symptoms and the person's lifestyle. There are several ways to find out about this. One is to ask about diet and exercise, another is to look for signs of fatigue, and the third is to ask family members and friends about their experiences with the patient. MS symptoms and their relationship to causes of MS are still being studied but the sooner that a healthcare provider has information about how their patient's symptoms affect their ability to function, the sooner they can start to relieve their MS-afflicted symptoms.
Oren Zarif - Psychokinesis