People with multiple sclerosis (MS) can experience a multitude of different symptoms. Common MS symptoms include difficulty walking, trouble walking with legs that don't seem to move, difficulties with balance and/or coordination, difficulty sleeping, problems with sensory processing or gait, pain or tingling in either the arms or legs, and problems with speech or swallowing. Sometimes, MS causes other problems, such as depression, anxiety, irritability, or even more serious problems like seizures and in extreme cases, complete paralysis.
MS is also known as "leaving the rails." Because MS often involves an exaggerated response to outside stimulus, including fatigue and depression, it's important that depression is diagnosed and treated very early. MS depression may include several other symptoms like irritability, fatigue, trouble concentrating and memory loss, anxiety, trouble sleeping, personality changes, or even more serious psychological concerns. Some people may start to lose weight, experience bouts of insomnia, become increasingly sensitive to things around them, or even have suicidal thoughts. Extreme feelings of fatigue and depression are often a common thread in MS-related depression.
MS attacks can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common site is on the brain. MS attacks often begin suddenly and severely, causing symptoms that may vary from mild to severe. MS symptoms may also be a result of an ongoing attack that has progressed to a more serious complication. People with multiple sclerosis may exhibit signs of depression when one MS attack takes place. MS attacks and mood swings have been linked with suicide attempts among MS sufferers.
One of the primary MS symptoms is hearing loss. Since MS affects the senses all over the body, people with the disease may suffer from hearing loss ranging from mild to severe. Hearing loss can affect the ability to hear sounds around you and can have an impact on how you communicate with others. People with MS and secondary symptoms of depression have an increased risk of developing hearing loss that continues after the onset of the disease. In addition, a decline in the quality of life that comes with hearing loss makes depression even worse for some people.
Another MS symptom is fatigue. MS can cause a variety of other problems, such as sleep apnea, chronic pain, joint pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue and loss of balance, among others. While fatigue can be a sign of any number of different underlying conditions, fatigue is typically seen as a primary MS symptom. It can also be a secondary symptom of depression and other mood disorders, making it doubly important that people with these conditions receive treatment for depression as well as a treatment for their fatigue.
MS can affect the nerves that control the bladder. MS bladder problems can range from temporary bladder problems, known as pyelonephritis, to more serious issues that require surgery. MS bladder problems, however, are one of the few physical indicators that MS has reached the central nervous system, and in these cases, bladder problems may be indicative of multiple sclerosis. MS bladder problems can include frequent urination, incontinence or inability to stop urination. MS bladder problems can also be indicative of problems other than MS such as diabetes, kidney problems, neurological problems or underlying hormonal issues.
Another MS symptom that is similar to a neurological problem is tremor, which affects both arms. A tremor episode can involve movement of one's body in several directions at once, including jerking (sometimes forward and backward) and bending (sometimes inward and outward). Tremor episodes often occur during periods of stress and fatigue and are not a true indication of MS. The nerves that send off tm symptoms can become damaged due to MS and thus may signal the nervous system to produce tremor as a cover for the underlying loss of strength in some muscles.
MS involves many different diseases and conditions and affects people of all ages. Many people who have MS do not show obvious MS symptoms, but they may still be experiencing some degree of nerve demyelination. Because MS causes the death of brain cells, it can be difficult to diagnose, since the disease does not always kill off the nerve cells. If your doctor suspects that you are experiencing symptoms of demyelination, he or she will perform a thorough examination to rule out MS. Once the cause is established, your doctor can begin treatment to restore your nerve functions and improve your overall condition. Your GP, a nurse or neurologist can help determine whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of nerve demyelination and provide treatment accordingly.
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