MS symptoms are extremely variable and often unpredictable. No two patients have the same symptoms, and therefore each individual patient s symptoms may vary over time. One patient may experience just one or two of their possible symptoms while another patient experiences several more. Therefore it is impossible to tell whether a patient is suffering from MS or not just by looking at their MS symptoms. This is why it is important to make note of them and consult a doctor when you feel that your symptoms could be MS related.
The list below details some common MS symptoms that can occur in any person who is suspected of having the disease. However, one person may experience more than one of these symptoms. The number of symptoms experienced by each patient is also likely to vary based on which MS disorder they suffer from.
Fatigue: MS sufferers are often tired and fatigued. MS causes the body to use energy faster than normal, which can cause sufferers to become exhausted quite quickly. The most common symptoms of fatigue include exhaustion, headaches, loss of appetite, poor concentration, tired muscles and joints and muscle weakness. In addition to fatigue, many MS sufferers will experience irritability, depression, anxiety and a decline in their immune systems.
Caffeine withdrawal: Caffeine is a stimulant in many forms and it has diuretic effects as well. Therefore, caffeine withdrawal can be a symptom of MS. The symptoms may include a feeling of tiredness and exhaustion, as well as increased nervousness and anxiety. The symptoms may also include a cranky or overly active feeling and muscle cramps. Fluid retention and high blood pressure are also frequent side effects that occur in MS sufferers. Some people experience urinary frequency and bladder control problems as well.
Vision Problems: One of the most frustrating side effects of MS is the inability to properly see. MS causes damage to the optic nerve and this can lead to problems with seeing close details, such as faces and the names of people. MS sufferers often experience blurred vision, seeing halos around lights, seeing double images and the blind spot (the area in the center of the vision field where most people do not see anything). MS sufferers can also experience serious vision problems, such as seeing halos or shadows around lights. These symptoms often appear in the right or upper portion of the field of vision.
Bladder Control: MS often causes tremors and incontinence in those who have developed the disease. MS sufferers who also suffer from depression may find that these symptoms become worse when they are around loud noises or while having a bladder leakage. MS sufferers often do not have control over their bladder and find it difficult to stop the flow of urine when they are experiencing a urinary tract infection. This symptom is also commonly seen in those with MS.
Weakness: MS sufferers often have very weak muscles in the legs and feet. Many people who have MS have a weakness in one leg. In the early stages of MS, many people who have the disease do not even realize that they have this weakness until the pain starts to occur. The first symptom of MS is usually a general weakness throughout the body.
These MS symptoms can be very hard to live with and many people who have MS find that they have to rely on medications to help them deal with the various MS symptoms that they have. MS is a chronic disease that have a tendency to come and go, and depending on the stage of the disease you may not have symptoms at any given time. MS does not have a cure, but there are ways to treat the symptoms so that you can live an active life with the condition. MS can cause a lot of damage if you don't take the proper precautions to guard against it. The best way to protect yourself from MS is to avoid contact with things that can trigger an onset of the disease.
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