MS symptoms are different for everyone who has the condition. The most common MS symptoms, or clinical manifestations of the disease, include uncontrolled muscle pain and stiffness, and difficulty with movement. If you've gone to a neurologist and they have diagnosed you with MS, there are a few things they can do for you at this stage of the illness. With MS, your central nervous system has no control over muscle movement, but it does have control over your body's balance and rhythm.
There is currently no cure for MS, but there are treatments that can get your symptoms under control so that you can live a more normal life. Muscle weakness is typically the first manifestation of MS, followed by other symptoms such as numbness, rigidity and difficulty walking. The numbness and tingling you feel are due to the inflammation of the myelin sheath in your brain. This myelin sheath plays an important role in the transmission of nerve signals from the brain to the rest of your body. When the sheath is damaged, the brain doesn't get the messages it needs very well, and thus the messages don't get sent, causing you to experience these symptoms.
Muscle spasms tend to be one of the earliest symptoms of MS. Spasticity occurs when the muscles are unusually active, and therefore can often be mistaken for another type of muscle pain. However, the spasms are actually caused by damage to the myelin sheath. If this myelin is damaged, the messages don't get to the rest of your body as they should, and the result can be weakness, stiffness, and difficulty walking. MS spasticity tends to run in families. If someone in your family has MS, you are more likely to also get MS symptoms than someone who doesn't have it.
One of the first symptoms of MS is a chronic form of pain or discomfort, which can range from dull aching to stabbing. Other common MS symptoms may include muscle fatigue, lack of concentration, loss of appetite, loss of libido, and depression. These feelings will usually abate once the disease is in remission, but you may find that you still have flare-ups on occasion. One of the first reactions people have after getting a diagnosis of MS is a sense of hopelessness. But there is a lot you can do to ensure that the disease does not relapse.
MS affects the brain, and one of the ways it can wreak havoc on your nerves is through its effect on your sex life. MS sufferers often report a lack of sexual desire, fatigue, and pain when engaging in sexual activity. Fortunately, the disease rarely attacks a woman's sexual function directly, but it does tend to cause nerve damage that makes intercourse more painful. MS symptoms may also interfere with a woman's ability to reach orgasm, meaning that an otherwise fine sex life can become a nightmare.
MS symptoms and your GP, MS nurse or neurologist can both be instrumental in determining whether a person is suffering from peripheral neuropathy, which means that there is damage to the nerves that are distributed throughout the body. A nerve does not receive the same amount of blood flow as other nerves, so when this occurs, the brain receives less blood flow than it needs and the result is often a stilted sexual experience. If your sex life becomes affected by your MS, speak to your doctor or MS nurse about ways you can intensify your sensation. Possible enhancements you can try include: walking faster and breaking up your stride, using sex toys, wearing a sports bra, wearing high heels, taking up yoga, or using vibration plates.
MS relapses, which is when symptoms are relapsing rather than going for good, can have a negative impact on your life. MS relapses occur for many reasons, including exhaustion and stress, which can wear down your immune system. When relapses occur frequently, your immune system may become weakened and you may begin to develop infections. In addition, your MS symptoms can worsen and cause more damage if your condition worsens, causing for example: headaches, depression, bowel changes, muscle pain, vision problems, bladder issues, leg cramps, and more.
While multiple sclerosis is a long-term disease, it doesn't mean that you cannot live a normal life and enjoy it. MS relapses are not a death sentence and if you identify early signs, your health care team will be able to help you regain control of your life. Early symptoms may be the difference between life and paralysis. For this reason, you should see a MS specialist if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the following: gaps in your memory, difficulty speaking or understanding language, involuntary movements, blurred vision, loss of balance, fatigue, or drooping eyelids or eyebrows. MS symptoms may vary, so it's important to be seen by an MS specialist as soon as possible for effective treatment.
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