MS symptoms are unpredictable and variable. One individual may experience just one or even none of the possible associated symptoms, while another individual may experience many more. Occurs in around 80% of all people, will significantly disrupt the ability to function normally at work and home, and can be the most severe symptom in an individual who otherwise has few mobility limitations. It can be difficult to tell which particular symptoms you may have because there is no set, definitive test for MS.
Certain types of symptoms may apply to you, but not others. While you may experience a wide variety of symptoms, the severity of your impairment will help determine whether you need to consult a medical professional about MS. For example, a person with slight hand-eye coordination, who has focal dystrophy, likely does not require medical treatment. However, if you have marked loss of dexterity, weakness in fine touch coordination and other marked abilities, you may need to be evaluated for MS.
If you are experiencing one or more of the following MS symptoms, you should contact a neurologist to get an evaluation. The first test is a neurological exam that can rule out neurological issues. A neurologist will also ask about other possible conditions, such as: short-term memory loss, blurred vision, fainting, muscle weakness or stiffness, speech problems, or coordination problems. A skilled MS nurse will then perform physical tests that include: balance tests, gait tests, reflexes tests, lab tests, and imaging studies.
MS symptoms can cause severe and long-lasting disability that can be disabling to both physically and mentally. Many people with MS experience fatigue as one of their primary side effects. MS fatigue is characterized by the sufferer's inability to concentrate or focus on tasks at hand because they feel tired or fatigued. MS symptoms often result in shortness of breath, poor judgment, poor memory, decreased reaction time, lack of energy, decreased mental alertness, as well as decreased sexual function.
In some cases, MS symptoms cause a reduction in walking. This is particularly common when MS affects the central nervous system. For example, when walking up stairs or attempting to lift heavy objects, the person's coordination becomes difficult. The nerve damage can also affect balance and coordination. MS frequently causes nerve damage that interferes with walking, causing the patient to tire easily or to begin to slip.
MS can also cause depression, which can make it more difficult to maintain equilibrium or maintain regular sleep cycles. MS may also cause a decrease in social interaction or depression, leading to the loss of occupational or recreational skills, as well as decreased happiness. MS can also be a major cause of disability for those who suffer from depression. A depressed person can experience fatigue and muscle weakness, which can make it difficult to walk. MS symptoms may also increase a person's likelihood of developing osteoporosis and rickets. MS may also lead to headaches, difficulty concentrating, muscle weakness, bladder and bowel control problems, as well as difficulty thinking, pointing, swallowing, and speaking.
MS can also lead to a variety of psychological issues including anxiety, irritability, depression, and feelings of insignificance or futility. Some patients experience symptoms of fatigue or exhaustion so intense that they fail to go about their daily business. There are three basic types of MS that typically have different symptoms: primary progressive MS, secondary progressive MS, and mixed affect MS. Each type has different causes, ranging from genetic and infectious causes to rheumatoid arthritis, trauma, toxins, and neurological disorders. Primary progressive MS typically begins with stiffness and pain in the fingers, toes, or forearms, but does not generally lead to numbness.
Secondary progressive MS is a condition that results from the destruction of myelin. This myelin is the substance that provides the insulation and cushions the nerves inside the brain and spinal cord. With this myelin removed, the nerves become more susceptible to damage from free radicals and inflammation. Symptoms of MS typically begin at age 30, but may manifest much later. When looking for a MS treatment, it is important to know whether the primary symptoms of MS you experience are myelin loss or some other symptom.
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