Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as Myocardial Infarction-MS or Multiple Sclerosis, is an inflammatory disease of the nervous system that can affect the central nervous system, the spinal cord, and various nerve fibers in the body. MS symptoms vary and unpredictable, depending upon which area of the nervous system is involved, and to what extent. Common MS symptoms include loss of vision, partial paralysis, extreme fatigue, and altered feelings of smell and taste. In some people, MS may lead to certain types of diabetes and cognitive impairment.
MS is not contagious; however, it can be triggered by stress, traumatic experiences, infections and other illnesses. The central nervous systems of those with MS function differently than normal people, leaving the patient prone to experiencing a variety of sensations, such as tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, weakness in the muscles, difficulty concentrating, bladder control, and difficulty sleeping. MS affects the body's motor, sensory and cognitive functions. MS affects the body's muscles, bones, joints, tendons, neurological tissue and organs.
The most common symptoms of MS are extreme fatigue, blurred vision, decreased sense of touch and mobility, lack of concentration, depression, irritability, bowel changes, speech problems, bladder control, and loss of balance. MS can affect one person in his/her own home, on a daily basis, or worst, in a public place like a movie theater or supermarket. Often, it is difficult for the family of a person with MS to determine whether their loved one has multiple sclerosis or not. However, there are many signs that can indicate whether a person is suffering from some sort of MS-related disability. The following is a list of some of these symptoms. You should note that multiple sclerosis may exhibit different symptoms, at times even presenting in different combinations in the same individual.
The majority of MS symptoms begin to show during childhood. The most common MS symptoms recorded in the literature are poor concentration, pronounced numbness in the hands and feet, trouble moving bowels, bladder control, decreased sense of touch and mobility, speech problems, irritability, depression, lack of balance and bowel problems. MS usually begins in one area of the body but slowly spreads to other parts of the body, creating a wide variety of MS symptoms. Bladder control is a particularly significant problem among MS sufferers. Some MS sufferers report incontinence after prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
Multiple sclerosis can have a profound effect on a person's quality of life, making normal day-to-day activities difficult. Because MS frequently progresses slowly, victims often become severely disabled some time between the initial development of MS symptoms and the initiation of MS secondary symptoms. In addition to fatigue and restricted mobility, several other common MS symptoms include altered vision (if the disease has resulted in myelin loss), poor swallowing and breathing (especially during sleep), short term memory loss, tremors, uncontrolled muscle twitching, speech problems, urinary frequency and pain, fatigue, decreased sex drive, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, headaches, skin rash, diarrhea, depression and anxiety, and more. It is impossible to accurately determine how many symptoms a patient may have at any given time; however, MS often affects a person's quality of life to such a degree that it can be considered a chronic, long-term disorder.
MS can have a number of causes, including genetics, environment, age, neurological disorders and more. MS symptoms can vary widely from patient to patient, sometimes presenting with only a few symptoms and presenting with more serious symptoms. When MS is suspected, a doctor will do a thorough physical examination and review patient information, looking for a possible cause. If a diagnosis is made, your GP, MS nurse or neurologist will provide advice on the best course of treatment. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on the underlying cause of MS.
Treatments can range from lifestyle and ergonomic changes, such as daily exercise, to medications and more serious techniques, such as interferon therapy. Most treatments aim to slow or stop MS progression or attacks. Relapsing-remitting MS is a relatively new treatment option which aim to control relapses but can take time. This type of MS treatment is usually used in conjunction with other forms of medication and therapy, allowing the patient to maintain control over their MS symptoms. MS relapses can be mild to moderate, extreme, or fatal.
The National MS Society offers support for those who have MS or who have relatives who do. They also offer a referral program for those seeking to find out more about MS symptoms and how to live with and control them. The Society has several online resources that feature helpful articles, videos, listings of local support groups and a questionnaire where you can receive anonymous feedback on your health and lifestyle choices. Anyone can visit the website and find out how they can support someone who has MS.
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