MS symptoms are very unpredictable and variable. No two individuals have the same MS symptoms, and every individual of symptoms may vary over time. One individual may experience just one or two of their potential symptoms while another individual experiences a multitude of them. The best way to know what you are experiencing is to consult with a physician. MS doctors and physicians are trained in treating different types of MS and with varying degrees of effectiveness.
MS symptoms may include any of the following: problems with vision, difficulty walking, balance, bladder control, difficulty talking, swallowing, problems with learning and memory, difficulty with processing information, lack of concentration, pain, stiffness of muscles, and problems with movement. Because MS affects the body's central nervous system, many people experience numbness, tingling, paralysis, decreased hearing or speaking abilities, weakness in the muscles, problems with swallowing and breathing, and a wide range of other symptoms. The symptoms of MS can be so varied that it can be difficult for an individual to realize that they may be afflicted with the disorder. MS doctors often use neurological tests to detect a suspected case of MS.
MS symptoms that are frequently confused with other medical conditions are edema, demyelination, neurologic dysfunctions, peripheral neuropathy, mononeuropathy, and optic atrophy. edema is a fluid build up of solids or plasma that occurs because of a loss or excess of blood; it occurs most commonly in the legs, feet, or pelvis, but can affect other areas of the body as well. demyelination occurs when the nerves are damaged or destroyed; it is unclear why this occurs, but it does sometimes lead to severe pain, numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation. neurologic dysfunctions are neurological disorders that affect the brain and spinal cord, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Parkinson's disease, and cerebral palsy; they can cause symptoms similar to those of edema or demyelination.
A neurological condition that can produce MS symptoms that appear in various places is mononeuropathy. A patient who develops MS may have muscle weakness or spasms that depend on which part of the body is affected. MS infections can also create problems for individuals with MS because infections from bacteria or fungi can weaken the immune system and make it more prone to inflammation. Multiple sclerosis can also affect the eye; MS infections in the eye, called retinal infections, can lead to severe light and blurry vision and can even lead to blindness. MS infections in the bowel can lead to constipation and the loss of appetite; these conditions can also be mistaken for the secondary symptoms of MS.
Other common MS symptoms that occur in people with MS include generalized weakness, decreased strength, loss of appetite, fatigue, poor balance, and difficulty walking. MS patients may experience muscle cramps, numbness, and tingling in the fingers, toes, arms, legs, or buttocks; they may also experience a flaccid bladder. MS can also lead to a condition called atrophy, where muscle fibers decrease in size. MS symptoms caused by edema may include swelling, weight loss, and poor blood circulation. MS symptoms caused by infections in the bowel, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or Crohn's disease, may produce fecal incontinence or bowel obstruction, which can result in urinary retention and bowel edema.
MS causes inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS), affecting organs like the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin. Multiple sclerosis can affect people of all ages, but it commonly begins in the early years of life. Some experts believe that MS is genetic; however, there is no cure for the disease. A child may begin to manifest MS symptoms before reaching his or her teenage years. People diagnosed with multiple sclerosis are often not given long-term treatments; however, research is currently being conducted to find alternative treatments for patients who are experiencing difficulty treating their MS symptoms.
The majority of MS symptoms are treated using anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections. Some patients experience temporary relief from MS symptoms, as a result of reducing stress and anxiety through psychotherapy or other forms of therapy. Others use prescription medications, such as steroid injections. Patients who cannot tolerate these drugs can also use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatments (NSAIDs), but these have not been shown to improve symptoms.
Medicines can help treat MS. However, it is important that patients are informed about the side effects of these drugs, since most treatments for MS are not curative. If patients are unable to treat their MS by using pharmacological treatments, they may wish to try complementary and alternative treatments for MS, which are often more effective. Studies are currently being conducted to develop a drug for MS that will treat not just symptoms of the disease, but its underlying cause.
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