Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an auto-immune disorder that affects the central nervous system. Symptoms include weakness, joint pain, loss of motion, and headaches. There are several ways to confirm if you have MS or know you do, depending on the severity of your symptoms. If you experience more than one MS symptom, it is important to consult a health care provider to receive a proper diagnosis. This will help prepare your healthcare provider for any potential treatments.
MS symptoms can be divided into two categories: sensorial and motor symptoms. Sensory MS symptoms include decreased sense of touch or lack of sensation, decreased hearing, and decreased visual field. Motor MS symptoms are movement disorders such as walking, running, and muscle weakness. The exact definition of each MS symptom will depend on many factors including the patient's age, health condition, and how the disease affects the body. Some symptoms, however, are common to all forms of MS.
The most widespread MS symptoms include pain, fatigue, depression, irritability, changes in sleeping habits, decreased concentration, and difficulty speaking. MS, also known as systemic Lupus erythematosus, affects about 1.25 million Americans alone. Because of the complexity of MS, it's not uncommon for people to suffer from depression as a result of their disease. Many people with sclerosis also experience bouts of depression because of the inability to participate in certain activities they used to enjoy, such as sports and outings.
Unfortunately, MS often gets progressively worse over time, which means that people affected by this disease can experience more severe MS symptoms. If left unchecked, these problems can worsen over time without the patient receiving treatment. Left unchecked, these issues can even worsen over time without the patient receiving treatment. However, there are some common mistakes that healthcare providers make when diagnosing MS, which can worsen the condition of the patient rather than improve it.
One of the most common mistakes made by healthcare providers when diagnosing MS is misdiagnosing depression. People suffering from depression are commonly misdiagnosed as suffering from MS because the symptoms of depression are very similar to those of MS. For instance, people suffering from depression will experience fatigue, while those with MS will experience joint stiffness and loss of movement. These symptoms, however, are commonly unrelated to each other and therefore, they're considered normal. Similarly, MS fatigue is often mistaken for depression, because the symptoms of MS typically involve weakness and exhaustion.
Another common mistake made by healthcare providers when diagnosing MS is misdiagnosing relapses as associated with other conditions. Relapses are the result of trauma or shock to the body. Therefore, if a patient has been injured and treated for shock then he or she might show signs of depression even years after the injury has healed. Similarly, people who have been through major life changes (such as divorce, job loss, or a death) can also exhibit MS symptoms. Similarly, relapses can occur during periods when the patient is at rest, such as following surgery. If these relapses occur at regular intervals then the patient might be experiencing depression as an integral part of their MS.
MS disease and depression are strongly intertwined, and the symptoms can be mistakenly confused with symptoms of other diseases. MS, like many other inflammatory diseases, has been associated with several other diseases including tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and infections such as hepatitis. MS often begins in a healthy person and then flares up or remains dormant for years. This means that symptoms of MS can appear years after someone has already been diagnosed with the disease. When this occurs, the symptoms of MS are sometimes mistaken for a different disease.
MS symptoms are not limited to major depression, fatigue, and joint stiffness. relapses can occur during times of rest and can result in minor discomfort or difficulty when performing normal activities. MS flare-ups may include reoccurring pain or discomfort, inability to think clearly, and changes in vision. The more severely impaired a patient is, the greater the risk of serious disability. Managing MS symptoms can greatly improve quality of life and ease symptoms of the disease.
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