MS symptoms are often unpredictable and variable. No two individuals possess the same exact symptoms, and every individual's symptoms can vary or change over time. One individual may experience just one or two of their potential symptoms while another individual experiences numerous more. Some individuals do not experience any symptoms at all, while other people endure severe pain. While these different varieties of MS symptoms are very real, they remain treatable and survivable for some individuals.
Many researchers believe that there is an interconnected relationship between several areas of the human nervous system and multiple sclerosis symptoms. These researchers theorize that the nerves that comprise the brain and spinal cord contain a malfunction that affects the cells in the spinal cord and other parts of the body. When this malfunction occurs, the nerves become sensitized to the various conditions that result in a variety of MS symptoms. It is believed that the neurons fire inappropriately when attempting to process the information that is being passed along the nerve pathways, causing the hypersensitivity of the nerve fibers.
Nerves, neurons, blood vessels and muscles all pass through the same channel, which allows them to work together with one another in order to coordinate and perform functions that are necessary for organ function. For example, the nerve impulses that are passed along pathways in the spinal cord pass through a particular group of cells, called glia, which have receptor sites throughout the spinal cord. Glia essentially act as gateways that allow these nerve impulses to pass and influence many other systems and organs.
One of the MS symptoms that typically appears first is loss of sexual function. This condition is directly related to fatigue. When someone experiences severe fatigue and has a reduction in their ability to move around, they are likely to see significant changes in the distribution of their sexual hormones, which are ultimately related to their sex drive. MS symptoms like loss of sexual desire can significantly disrupt a couple's intimacy, leading to difficulty and risk in establishing and maintaining an intimate relationship. Sexual dysfunction in multiple sclerosis may also be indicative of spasticity or neurogenic bladder weakness.
Another of the MS symptoms that will impact a person's ability to walk is hip/pelvic pain, which is typically worsened by depression and anxiety. MS neurologists frequently treat patients suffering from MS with medications that specifically block pain signals. Often, patients experience relief of MS pain by undertaking progressive muscle strengthening exercises, but it is important to note that MS pain will not go away on its own. In addition, pain can be increased by MS drugs that are prescribed by the neurologist. It is always advisable for patients suffering from MS symptoms to seek advice from their neurologist regarding potential drug interactions.
MS patients that suffer from depression may also experience a loss of appetite and weight. This condition is commonly referred to as hypogonadism. It is not uncommon for MS depression to lead to severe dietary deficiencies or a complete inability to tolerate normal diet requirements. MS nutritionists have identified several factors that may contribute to this loss of appetite and weight. Some experts believe that the most important factor contributing to this MS symptom is a lack of proper sleep.
The loss of appetite and weight is one of the more subtle MS symptoms that can lead to poor posture, poor balance and difficulty walking. Walking can become a struggle. If you suspect that you are experiencing any of these problems, find out how your GP, MS nurse or neurologist can help you improve your gait. A balance and gait analysis can help to determine if your weak muscles are due to muscle weakness, a result of depression or a combination of both.
One of the most frustrating symptoms is decreased visual acuity. This MS sign can be particularly disfiguring for someone who suffers from MS and their friends and family members. It is important to note that the loss of sight can be an early sign of MS and should not be dismissed lightly. A visit to a GP or MS specialist should be your first steps. Your GP can run tests that may show the first signs of MS. If your GP determines that MS is present, he or she can discuss treatment options with you.
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