MS sufferers, do you know what your MS symptoms are? This is crucial to the health of your MS, as understanding your MS symptoms and what can cause them may help lead to an early diagnosis and eventual successful treatment of this disease. First of all let's look at a definition of MS. MS is an auto-immune disorder in which cells affect one another and cause damage to the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is the protective coating around nerves in the brain and spinal cord that allows nerves to send and receive messages correctly.
MS symptoms typically include extreme fatigue, weakness, and persistent pain. When these symptoms become obvious to you, they can start to interfere with your daily life. MS is known to be a chronic disease and many people with MS experience depression, anxiety, irritability, and difficulty concentrating and remembering things. MS often takes over a person's normal personality and can be nearly impossible to live with for long periods of time.
Because of these intense and prolonged MS symptoms it's important to get a proper diagnosis from a neurologist. If left unchecked, your MS will become worse and can impact your quality of life to such an extent that you may consider suicide. Because MS has no cure there is currently no known way to prevent or significantly reduce the effects of depression, anxiety, and fatigue that are associated with MS. However you can take steps to combat these symptoms. A few things you can do to try to combat MS symptoms are:
Depression - People with MS typically have trouble finding happiness, despite their efforts. One of the most common and frustrating symptoms of MS is depression. Because depression is often caused by feelings of helplessness and lack of ability to control symptoms, it can lead to further depression. A good rule of thumb is if your depression lasts more than a week, seek help.
Diet - Many people suffering from MS have suffered with depression and low self-esteem due to their spinal cord lesions. In addition to diet, healthy diet can also help boost mood in people who suffer from MS. A healthy diet can help boost the immune system which helps the body's neurological functions. It is very important for people with MS to consume a healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Additionally it is important to eat a proper amount of calories since excessive calories can lead to weight gain, which can further increase depressive mood.
Sexual Dysfunction - MS sufferers can experience a variety of sexual dysfunctions including erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and decreased sperm production. Some of these issues may include an inability to reach orgasm or to maintain an erection long enough to be sexually productive. Conversely, some may experience increased sexual desire and intensity. This may include an increase in the number of times a person orgasms compared to their previous times. Your neurologist can help determine if any of these issues are related to your MS symptoms and how to treat them.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders has identified a rare neuropathy related to MS called optic neuritis. This neuropathy is caused by inflammation of the optic nerve, which usually occurs in the middle ear where there is a problem with draining fluid. In some cases the disease can actually migrate to the brain resulting in blindness.
Eye manipulation can often be a helpful way to treat MS symptoms in both adults and children. However, this procedure can only treat the symptoms of MS, which means it cannot cure or reverse the disease. When it comes to treating the actual cause of MS, changes to diet and medications, stress management, and neurological functions are key. You should consult your doctor regularly so you can monitor your health. In addition to keeping an eye on your diet and medications, your doctor will likely want you to undergo a neurological screening at least once a year to monitor your brain activity. Your neurologist can order additional tests such as MRI and CT scans to rule out any other potential problems besides MS.
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