MS is a common condition that affects approximately 20 million people in the USA. It is characterized by progressive deterioration of the central nervous system, resulting in impairment of speech, language, swallowing, and co-ordination. The majority of people with MS experience a generalized form of the disease, which means they experience widespread loss of motor function and associated complaints. A more specific form of the disease manifests itself in a limited way, at times in the form of specific problems such as seizures or weakness. In addition to affecting a person's ability to walk, talk, swallow, and control limbs, MS symptoms can also be categorized into two main groups.
Spasticity - MS symptoms that are suspected of being caused by spasticity involve muscular weakness, deformities, rigid muscles or other abnormal gait. The vast majority of MS spasticity cases do not involve a loss of motor function and are mild in nature. Typically, the MS spasticity symptoms of decreased muscle tone and increased muscle wasting occur on one side of the body only. Another type of MS spasticity symptom is called mononeuropathy, which is the development of pain in the soft tissues of the extremities (usually the legs). While spasticity can result in both short and long-term effects, the long-term risk associated with MS is extremely high and can lead to spinal cord damage and permanent disability.
Movement - MS symptoms may involve a loss of muscle tone and/or coordination, where one person finds that one or more of their limbs has become stiff or rigid. In some cases one person with MS may find that they are unable to move on their own without experiencing pain or stiffness. MS can cause movement to become affected in one part of the body while remaining unaltered in another. These mixed signals can lead to a difficulty moving between locations, where one person's limbs have become stiff and/or weak while another has become mobile but pain free.
Hearing - MS symptoms may include loss of hearing, or relative deafness. In addition to this, there may be problems with balance, tone, and/or loud noise tolerance. When one or more of these aspects of the MS experience are present in someone with MS, that person may not be able to perform typical everyday activities such as picking up objects or speaking properly. They may also have trouble hearing conversations, unable to understand or recognize the words being spoken. MS affects the ears, which can affect the ability to hear.
Muscle Control - MS sufferers may find that their movements become uncoordinated. This is often times one of the most troubling MS symptoms. A person may not be able to climb stairs, stand with arms or legs, or change sitting positions on a chair. Because MS causes the muscles to relax, or not work, it makes moving around extremely difficult. As one example, a person may begin to have difficulty picking up objects because they are so stiff or are unable to stand on one leg because of the loss of muscle tone.
Eye Movements - Another of the MS symptoms is the inability to focus on objects for long periods of time and having problems with eye movement. MS sufferers may have trouble seeing far away objects or focusing on a small target on a computer screen. When a person has a visible manifestation of MS, they should call their doctor immediately to have their eyes tested by an optical expert. It is important for an MS patient to wear sunglasses to protect the eyes from UV rays, as well as from changes in light and sound.
Motor Control - This affects how well a person can control themselves. If the myelin is damaged in MS, it can make it difficult to move a limb. Likewise, with lack of myelin, the nervous system may not function correctly. Motor control is affected when the nerves are damaged due to MS. If someone has a hard time getting in and out of the car, or a clumsy walk, it can be frustrating. A neurological specialist can test the motor skills of a person with MS and recommend treatments that can improve the ability of the muscles in the body.
Physical Therapy - The third most common method of treating MS is through physical therapy. In some cases, this is all that is needed. For other patients, a variety of treatments including massage and strength training can help them strengthen and increase the range of motion in their limbs, along with preventing muscle atrophy and loss of muscle tone. This is often part of a second line treatment for MS.
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