MS is an inflammatory condition, characterized by relapsing relapses (reoccurring attacks of swelling and inflammation) of the central nervous system. When the messages from the brain and nervous system fail to cross the damaged areas, it causes inflammation which generates pain and other symptoms of MS. MS is considered a fatal or disabling disease that can lead to permanent disability and sometimes death. There are many MS symptoms that can be noticed if you know how to look for them. Some of the symptoms of MS are listed below.
The early signs of MS usually show up only after a person has been diagnosed with MS. In some cases, however, the early symptoms of MS can be noticed in people who have never experienced any problems with their joints before. The symptoms of MS can also appear later in life, although they may take different forms. One common form of MS symptom is sensory neuropathy. Sensory neuropathy refers to damage to the nerves that allow a person to experience touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing. Different forms of sensory neuropathy involve damage to different parts of the body.
MS spasticity is another of the common MS symptoms. MS spasticity can refer to muscle stiffness and spasms, or weakness in the muscles. Muscle stiffness is commonly one of the first MS symptoms to appear. If MS spasticity is not detected and treated early, it can lead to permanent joint and limb deformities. MS spasticity can also affect other organs in the body, causing urinary incontinence, muscle weakness and/or swelling in the legs or feet, difficulty walking, difficulty getting up from a seated position, shortness of breath when standing or walking and a crackling or wheezing sound when breathing.
The other most common MS symptoms include sensory neuropathy, which can result in decreased taste, smell, taste and even sexual function, and motor neuropathy, which can result in loss of movement. In addition, MS can affect the blood vessels leading to the eyes, brain, heart and lungs. Multiple sclerosis can damage the myelin in the brain that produces the myelin sheath that protects nerve fibers. When this myelin is damaged, the myelin sheath becomes condensed and travels through the nerves with the blood, resulting in a loss of sensation and other MS symptoms.
MS treatment involves many different types of medical interventions, some of which are used to slow the progression of the disease-modifying therapies, and some of which are used to prevent relapses. Many people with MS choose to try a variety of healthy lifestyle changes, such as keeping well-balanced diets and receiving plenty of exercise. They may also choose to take an anti-inflammatory medication or try a drug regimen that includes diet restrictions and increasing the amount of Vitamin D. MS patients who are concerned about relapse may also want to consider some of the new non-drug therapies available, such as biofeedback and deep muscle relaxation. MS treatment options will continue to improve as researchers learn more about how the disease works. For example, new medications are being developed that show promise in reducing muscle inflammation and promoting the production of important compounds that help the body's cells communicate with each other.
One type of non-drug therapy that some people with MS are turning to is photodynamic therapy, or LED treatment. The purpose of this photodynamic therapy is to reduce the effects of inflammation on the optic nerve. The idea is that UV light, which is high intensity, can damage the nerve fibers and impair circulation to the optic nerve, causing it to become unstable and sometimes eventually degenerate and lose its function. In recent studies, photodynamic therapy has been found to be effective in slowing the progress of MS and even in preventing relapses.
While some patients with MS symptoms are given drugs for their MS, others choose to try a more natural approach. If you're experiencing any of the following symptoms, speak with your healthcare provider about your concerns and options. These symptoms may point to other types of neurological disorders or to central nervous system myelin, such as stroke or brain aneurysm. If you suspect either of these possibilities, seeing a doctor is the best way to get the proper diagnosis.
MS affects nearly one in five Americans. While the number of cases has been rising steadily, there is no known cure. But many scientists are hopeful that with the right treatments, the number of people with MS will continue to decline. With the new evidence regarding the progression of MS, along with its triggers and symptoms, researchers have reason to believe that they will be able to find a cure much sooner than expected. For more information about MS and its causes, consult a healthcare provider now.
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