MS symptoms vary from individual to individual. For some people with MS, there may be no or few MS symptoms at all. For other people with MS, they may experience various types of MS symptoms that cause extreme distress. The severity of the MS symptoms experienced by a person depends on the type of MS, he or she has. The following describes the four different types of MS.
Clinically separated disorder (CSD): When a person has a first attack of MS symptoms, most health care providers often categorize it as CSD. The condition worsens over time and affects motor function, making daily tasks more difficult. Motor deterioration can result in spasticity and altered muscle functions, leading to a worsening of symptoms. Spasticity can affect the eyes, muscles, bones, skin and joints.
Relapsing remitting MS (R remitting): When MS symptoms appear, the sufferer may flare up for a brief period and then relapsed. He or she may also experience relapses and remissions. People with R remitting MS may benefit from short term memory loss, blurry vision, double vision, and decreased concentration, fatigue, and mood disturbances. This condition may help to create an awareness of the effect of stress on the body. It may help the person to focus on managing stress and managing triggers that cause stress. This type of MS symptom may help to prevent relapsing and worsening of the symptoms.
Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE): This type of MS disease is not a degenerative condition. However, it can have an autoimmune effect that causes inflammation in the body. SLE can cause fatigue, fever, rash, pain and a variety of other symptoms. A physician can use various tests to determine whether anemia is a possible cause. The disease typically progresses slowly over several years. Diagnosis of systemic Lupus erythematosus is done using blood tests, urine tests, CT scan and MRI.
Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms: People who suffer from MS typically experience dysfunctions of the central nervous system, skin, muscles, eyes, and lungs. Other symptoms may include having an infection in the lungs, having problems with vision, urinary and bowel incontinence, losing appetite, having a wasting syndrome, abnormal heart rhythms, headaches, a sensitivity to light and sound, stiff joints, skin problems, depression, and anxiety. MS patients can have any combination of these symptoms, or they may occur in separate conditions. There are a variety of ways in which MS may affect the body, including:
Glaucoma: MS may lead to damage in the inner lining of the eye, the brain, the spinal cord, and the optic nerve. This can result in loss of vision and in some cases complete blindness. MS can also lead to damage to the internal organs and to gastrointestinal tract disease such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. MS may also lead to a narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to the brain, which can cause a stroke.
Medications: There are various medications available that reduce inflammation and control neurological symptoms. These include interferon beta, antibiotics, and other drugs. It is important to note that all of these drugs have side effects. Patients should be careful about the side effects that they take, and patients and their family should report any side effects to their doctor immediately. MS treatments that involve the use of medications should be started gradually because this treatment has the potential to slow down the progress of MS. Sometimes, medication alone may not be sufficient to prevent progression.
Disease Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs: This treatment involves the use of medicines that will attempt to stop the progression of MS. It is believed that MS is caused by the abnormal activity of white blood cells known as monocytes. These cells are part of the body's immune system and have the task of destroying any form of infection. Monocytes may be inflamed due to other causes and will discharge toxins into the blood stream when they are activated. The toxins then affect the myelin, which is the protective coating around the optic nerves in the brain and spinal cord. With the myelin becoming damaged, the nerves cannot transmit signals to the brain, causing loss of function.
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