If you think you have multiple sclerosis, it is important to understand that MS symptoms are not always the same in everyone who has it. Some people may have no symptoms at all. Other people will have severe flare-ups that last for days and months at a time. Here are some of the most common MS symptoms.
The most common MS symptoms include: difficulty sleeping, fatigue, blurred vision, dry mouth (tremors), muscle spasms, urinary and bowel difficulties, headaches, and eye problems such as double vision and sensitivity to light. MS symptoms can vary widely from person to person, and are often used as an indicator of whether or not someone may have MS. They can also be used as a guide to how to test for the disease. However, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis can come and go constantly, and are often mistaken for other conditions. In fact, they are often used as a symptom by many people who have MS.
MS sufferers often report pain in their chest, particularly when they lift or feel heavy. This can often lead to a choice of avoiding any activity that causes pain, which can result in extreme fatigue. MS pain can affect the neck, shoulders, arms, and legs, with some people reporting severe pain only in certain areas. Because MS pain is so widespread, it is also very difficult to accurately diagnose, especially among those who don't have serious health issues.
Fatigue can make up a large part of the symptoms of MS, making someone may appear much older than they really are. MS fatigue can include difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath, sleeping problems, depression, anxiety, irritability, and memory problems. MS pain can cause burning, numbness, tingling, stiffness, and even difficulty seeing. Many of the multiple sclerosis symptoms listed above can cause severe exhaustion.
MS pain can also often lead to weakness, dizziness, and other health issues. MS numbness can make a person feel as if they are going to pass out, or they may lose feeling in their hands and feet. There can also be a lack of balance, difficulty moving from side to side, and trouble standing. MS weakness can make it difficult to perform simple tasks, like tying your shoes, and may make it difficult to control bowel movements. If there is an imbalance of physical abilities, MS symptoms such as dizziness and weakness can make performing these activities nearly impossible.
There can be many different types of MS symptoms, in order to correctly diagnose the disease. In addition to fatigue, one person may experience one or more of the following. Someone may experience muscle weakness, where they can barely move their arms; there could be decreased movement in the muscles of the legs, where they can't get up after sitting for a long time; there can be a lack of muscle coordination, where they find it difficult to do even simple tasks; there can be problems with getting the mind to focus on something, such as completing a phone call, where they have trouble remembering what they were supposed to be doing; there can be a decreased sense of smell and taste, where the person has trouble smelling things, and cannot taste certain tastes; there can be slow mental processing, where the person has a hard time processing information properly. Someone else may experience sensory integration difficulties, where they are having a hard time telling things, or they may have problems with touch.
MS numbness and tingling can occur along with one or more of the other MS symptoms. When MS numbness and tingling occur, this should be taken seriously. If there is any confusion about the numbness and tingling, then it is important to contact a doctor. The numbness and tingling can indicate that a person is experiencing a neurological issue that requires the care of a professional.
MS symptoms may start to worsen quickly when one is having a particularly bad day. MS relapses can also happen very quickly. However, if someone with multiple sclerosis makes a conscious effort to remain proactive, they can greatly improve their chances of minimizing relapses and dramatically reducing their chance of ever developing another serious disability.
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