MS is a chronic and disabling disease affecting the central nervous system of the body. It affects every part of the body, including the brain, lungs, heart, muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments of the body. It can cause permanent disability and it was first identified by the endocrinologist Robert Yolanda in the early 1970's. It was initially called multiple sclerosis but later when the disease was fully described, it was then recognized as multiple sclerosis. The common symptoms of MS include severe, lasting pain and a wide range of other uncomfortable and discomfortable symptoms. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says that about 5 million Americans are affected by MS.
MS symptoms are classified into four groups namely, Parkinsonism; sensorial neuropathy; demyelinating neuropathy and myelin loss. MS symptoms such as muscle rigidity, loss of muscle coordination, poor balance, stiffness, and facial drooping are commonly seen in people affected by this disease. The onset of MS usually occurs after a person has reached his or her thirties. However, it can also start at any age. Symptoms may include:
The most common MS symptoms are the so called disabling MS symptoms which are usually not that difficult to identify. They include the following:
* Varicose veins - one of the earliest MS symptoms. This happens when the blood supply to a specific area is cut off. However, the person remains unaware that the area has been cut off because the symptoms go unnoticed until the bleeding starts. * Limpiness of limbs - another very prominent symptom. Aged people, especially women, are more prone to this condition than younger people. * Fluid build up in the eyes - another known sign of MS. * Eye pain in the morning and night. * Nausea, frequent urination, shortness of breath, night sweats, fever * Headache * Feeling always tired and fatigued * Constant headaches *Sense of numbness in various parts of the body
In addition to the above symptoms, there may be other MS symptoms such as the relapses, in which the relapses are sudden and occur frequently without any prior notice. Relapses are characterized by return of MS symptoms to their previous levels within a short period of time after the last relapse. There are other symptoms including loss of muscle control and coordination, difficulty walking and talking, stiffness of muscles and joints, night sweats and fever. However, it is impossible to say for sure that MS symptoms a person may be suffering from until an examination is conducted by a neurologist.
There are several ways in which a person can be diagnosed with MS. When multiple sclerosis is suspected, a healthcare provider will conduct several tests in order to determine the presence of this condition. These tests include muscle testing, nerve conduction testing, MRI, CT scan, magnetoencephalographs, enzyme levels and blood test. After these tests have been conducted, a conclusive diagnosis can be made. A physician will use certain criteria in order to make a correct diagnosis and then recommend a treatment program for a patient.
It is important for patients and their relatives to understand that relapses do not mean that someone has MS. Relapses happens when the body's immune system decides to stop making enough of the brain protein called brain-derived neurotensin. The symptoms may also happen when the brain cells start to die. So if you experience multiple sclerosis symptoms in the early stages of the disease, then you must visit your healthcare provider immediately for a proper diagnosis.
However, relapsing MS is a very common problem with many people. Relapses happen to most people at least once in their lifetime. A person with MS often experiences long-term disability or even long-term immunity against the disease. The chances of developing MS are higher in people who begin to experience MS symptoms in their late teens or early twenties. If a person's mother had multiple sclerosis, then he is more likely to develop long-term MS. However, MS does not usually start in a person's early twenties, so it is always important to talk to a doctor for a proper diagnosis.
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