A diagnosis of MS is a momentous time for the patient and their family. There is great relief to find that it is not the end of the world, nor is it the beginning of the end of the world. In fact, things look more positive than ever with the many advances in treatment, research at hand. There is no cure for MS but there are medications that can control some of the symptoms, reduce the frequency and lessen the severity of the disease. Being able to feel and think more clearly is another positive MS symptom. Your family members must understand all of the treatments available, which methods work best for each individual and what options are left open for future treatments and research.
MS affects about 4.5 million Americans. It is the most common chronic disease in the USA. The disease affects the central nervous system and affects organs, but can affect other areas as well. When talking about MS symptoms, it usually means the early signs or symptoms of the disease such as: bladder and bowel incontinence, loss of appetite, changes in behavior, decreased vision and speech difficulties, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, hearing and seeing problems, coordination problems and balance issues. However, all these symptoms are just a part of the overall picture. The full spectrum of the disease can only be understood through long term effective care by those who are affected by it, their families and their doctors.
MS can affect any area of the body, but it seems to specifically affect those parts of the body and spinal cord that have multiple functions. This includes the brain, which are where multiple sclerosis affects the senses, the bladder and the bowel. With MS affecting the brain the end result can be compromised sexual function for men and women. This is because of the damage that is caused to the brain due to the inflammation and destruction of the brain cells associated with the sense of touch and the bladder.
There are multiple ways that MS symptoms may be released into the body. They may be through contact with the skin, the hair and any objects that come into contact with the central nervous system such as motor vehicles or equipment. Sometimes people may experience symptoms for the first time when they have an accident or a traumatic event like a stroke. When it comes to the development of MS relapse may occur in a surprising place.
One of the most common and disturbing symptoms of MS is nerve demyelination. Nerve demyelination is when one or more of the nerves that make up the central nervous system are damaged. This means that they are less than sensitive to pressure, noise or light. It is when the nerves are affected that you experience what are known as "MS Symptoms".
Relapses can begin at any time, but it is important to keep track of your MS Symptoms so that you can determine when it is likely to occur. If your GP, MS nurse or neurologist diagnose you with relapsing-remitting MS then this is a sign that you need to get an appointment with an expert. Your GP or MS nurse will know whether your relapsesing-remitting MS is due to the affects of your MS or it is in direct result of another disorder or condition that you could be suffering from such as another muscle or joint problem or a head injury. When you go for a consultation with a specialist, they will look at your symptoms and decide whether it is relapsing-remitting MS or another disorder.
A doctor will not be able to say for sure whether your MS Symptoms are due to your central nervous system or not. Some things can change the flow of messages from the brain to the rest of the body. These include things like how you sleep, the type of mattress you have or even your genetic make up. Stress can also affect the nerves and lead to an imbalance in myelin. Any changes in the spinal cord caused by an injury or surgery can also affect the functioning of the brain.
The most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis are weakness, loss of balance, lack of co-ordination, bladder problems and headaches. These can be very varied but the main thing is that they are all a result of inflammation throughout the body. This means that there are a lot more places that your body can affect itself. If you find that you are experiencing multiple sclerosis symptoms, it is important to see your doctor to establish what is causing it and then start your treatment to correct the problems.
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