When you are experiencing multiple sclerosis symptoms that are affecting your quality of life, you have to be taking care of yourself and you need to know how to treat your MS symptoms. One of the first steps is to learn everything you can about MS and the different ways to control it. There is a variety of medications available for MS that can be used in conjunction with lifestyle changes and psychological counseling. The emotional toll that living with MS can take on a person's life is considerable and is well worth the effort put into finding the right combination of drugs and therapy.
Muscle Spasticity MS is often referred to as 'spasticity' for a reason. If you suffer from MS symptoms such as leg pain, swelling or fatigue, it is very likely that you are experiencing an increase in muscle tension and this is usually caused by the result of the disease. MS affects the central nervous system and affects the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the brain and spinal cord. Stress is a big contributing factor to muscle spasticity, and experts have shown that physical activity and even simple exercises can actually help reduce muscle spasticity. If you find that you constantly feel tired and fatigued, MS spasticity may be the culprit and the appropriate treatment should be sought.
Depression MS is also often referred to as depression, because it is associated with emotional symptoms such as sadness, lack of concentration, anxiety, guilt and other types of emotional problems. It is very common to experience a decline in your emotional response to things as a result of your MS diagnosis and many people become quite depressed as a result. If you feel that you are losing the ability to have any kind of meaningful social life and are no longer able to enjoy the little moments that seem to last forever, then you may be suffering from depression and should seek professional help. MS depression is also associated with the inability to think and concentrate properly which can affect your work and family life.
Fluid and Bladder Problems One of the first of the multiple sclerosis symptoms may appear as increased urination. This is often an immediate result of inflammation in the urinary tract but can also be caused by constipation or even dehydration. These are typically the first symptoms to appear and usually will not continue if treatment is given. If you are having problems urinating, then see your doctor. In some cases, damage to the urinary tract or kidneys could be the cause. MS sufferers should seek medical attention right away, to avoid these potentially fatal side effects.
Nerve Sheath Damage Another of the many multiple sclerosis symptoms may appear as damage to the myelin sheath. Myelin sheath protects the nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord from damage. When myelin sheath is damaged, signals between the brain and the spinal cord become altered and the motor skills of the patient are affected. Multiple sclerosis affects the nervous system of the body in many ways and when damage occurs to this myelin sheath, it can cause the nervous system to become imbalanced and produce unhelpful symptoms. MS experts are still trying to figure out how this happens and why it happens for some people, while other people have no myelin sheath damage and their MS symptoms only show up.
Temporary Heading Back MS symptoms that appear suddenly can take on a life of their own after a while. As people live with MS, there are many ways they can react to stressors and temporarily worsen their MS symptoms. Over time, this can result in the disease becoming more difficult to live with. Stress is a natural part of life, and people who suffer from MS should learn to cope. This does not mean that they should become slaves to their MS but understanding how and why stress can affect their health is invaluable. Learning this information and being able to control and moderate your reactions to stressors can go a long way toward making your living with MS easier.
Pains in the Brain MS symptoms that appear as pain or numbness in the brain can take on a completely new meaning. In some people, this may simply be caused by the nerves getting pinched between discs in the spinal cord. In others, it may indicate a more serious problem. The loss of the protective fibrous tissue in the brain known as glia may be the cause of the pain, and MS experts are not sure what the implications of this are. If you experience numbness in your legs or hands, MS experts recommend going to the doctor right away to determine if there is a problem with your brain, which can help rule out serious structural issues.
Sexual Dysfunction MS symptoms of sexual dysfunction vary widely among individuals. Most males with MS experience erectile dysfunction, while many females do. MS experts do not know exactly why this occurs, but it does seem to have something to do with the nerves getting pinched in the brain. If you experience problems with having an erection or sexual dysfunction, you should see your doctor as quickly as possible. MS symptoms of sexual dysfunction can affect male and female MS patients equally.
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