MS symptoms are sometimes confused with other diseases because they all have similar features, including inflammation of the spinal cord. However, MS is the most common cause of memory loss and deterioration of cognitive function in people of all ages. A large percentage of MS sufferers have been found to have at least one type of abnormality in their brains. While relapses can occur from time to time, when the disease is in its advanced stages, it is crucial that any MS symptoms are addressed as soon as possible for optimal health and safety.
While everyone knows someone who has suffered from MS, no one person's experience is exactly alike. Each case of MS is different, and MS symptoms and progression are also unique. It is therefore essential that MS sufferers know what to expect from their particular case. Some of the most common MS symptoms include uncontrolled and prolonged pain, which is often referred to as cachexia or anorexia. There can also be loss of appetite and weight, fatigue, numbness and tingling sensations, and loss of balance. When one or more of these symptoms present themselves, it is important to consult a physician immediately to obtain an accurate diagnosis and obtain the proper treatment.
Another common MS symptom is unrelenting and unpredictable attacks of pain. Unfortunately, there is no cure for MS, but medication can be administered to relieve the majority of the symptoms. Unfortunately, many people find that they have difficulty in controlling their MS pain, which makes their lives very frustrating. The unpredictability of MS symptoms means that there is no way to predict when an attack will occur. Therefore, it is vital that the use of medication to treat MS symptoms is limited to the most extreme cases.
Another MS symptom that is very hard to live with is persistent and unpredictable weakness in the legs, feet, and hips. This is often accompanied by a loss of muscle control and numbness, which affects the ability to walk or even sit down. MS sufferers also commonly experience a loss of bladder and bowel control, as well as incontinence. MS is believed to be caused by damage to the myelin sheath in the brain, but researchers have yet to discover the exact cause of this devastating disease.
Some MS symptoms are more easily managed than others. For example, numbness, pain, and weakness can become more manageable with anti-inflammatory medications. However, there may become an increased risk of infection when these medications are taken for a prolonged period of time. To decrease the chance of infection and the possibility of temporary worsening of MS symptoms, ms patients should take their medications only as needed.
Muscle weakness and coordination problems are another key MS symptoms that affect daily life. This problem can range from the inability to hold on to a steering wheel or climb stairs to the difficulty of walking or holding onto a suitcase. It is common for patients to experience muscle spasms, but these spasms may become more frequent and/or severe, causing them to have trouble walking. It is also common for people experiencing muscle spasms to lose their balance or to trip or slip on a poorly prepared floor.
MS sufferers can also feel a sharp, burning pain in their fingers or hands. This symptom can be mild to severe, or it can occur multiple times a day. MS numbness and tingling sensations can sometimes occur along with these symptoms. MS numbness and tingling sensations can include muscle weakness or tingling, or they can be independent. When an MS sufferer has his or her nerve endings in the hands or feet paralyzed, the sensations that occur are not fully understood, but they most likely involve a local anesthetic.
MS symptoms can become more intense over time. This is especially true during periods of increased stress, fatigue, or depression. Over time, the degree to which MS affects a person's ability to perform basic tasks, such as getting dressed, using a toilet, picking up objects or using a refrigerator, can aggravate the loss of the ability to move these muscles and to perform daily activities. Over time, some MS symptoms can even become disabling. For this reason, many people with MS look forward to evening the number of symptoms that they experience. In addition to reducing the number of symptoms that they experience, another goal of treating MS is to improve the overall health and the functioning of the brain and nervous system, both of which can have a tremendous impact on one's quality of life.
Oren Zarif - Psychokinesis