What are the common symptoms of MS? MS is a long-term and progressive disease that affects the central nervous system and is extremely painful. The diagnosis of MS typically involves a lengthy series of laboratory tests including brain scans, spinal fluid analysis and MRI scans. The doctor will look at your symptoms and do some laboratory tests in order to confirm the diagnosis of MS.
MS has three main categories of symptoms: neuropathic pain, myalgia and sensory loss. Neuropathic pain can be described as the result of damage or destruction of the nerves. Myalgia is the result of inflammation of the nerve. MS symptoms often involve numbness, tingling or pain that is stabbing, shooting, stinging, or burning.
MS is considered a 'rapid-cycling' disease that results in symptoms coming and going. Some of the common MS symptoms include: difficulty with moving, bladder and bowel incontinence, depression, loss of concentration, short attention span, lack of energy and mental fatigue, stiffness of muscles, slow speech, poor judgment, problems with learning and memory, and hearing and seeing things that aren't normally there. MS risk factors include: being female, black race, diabetes, poor diet, multiple sclerosis, obesity and age. Women over 50 are more likely to suffer from MS than younger women. However, there are no differences between genders when it comes to MS.
If you are experiencing any MS symptoms, then you should contact your family doctor, a MS nurse or a neurologist, who can help you decide on the best treatment for you. Treatment options include: pain relievers that help control the pain, walking aids that allow you to move around, or special shoes that cushion your feet and help prevent damage to the nerves. There are also dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals that can help improve symptoms. In many cases, if you are dealing with MS numbness or tingling, you may also be experiencing joint pain and/or muscle weakness, which may make the difference in getting the right treatment. Your neurologist can make a diagnosis and recommend the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
The early signs of multiple sclerosis symptoms may appear years before the actual onset of the disease. Thus, it is important to note down everything that you experience. These may include: pain, numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, trouble with walking, problems with balance and coordination, and problems with speaking and swallowing. If you have been experiencing these symptoms for more than six months, then you should definitely report it to your health care professional.
MS often affects the central nervous system, which is responsible for your senses, speech and sexual function. MS affects the body's ability to correctly process messages from the brain. When this happens, the nerve signal to the sexual organs is corrupted. MS symptoms can include: impotence or reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, fatigue and decreased sex drive.
The first step in dealing with MS symptoms is to make sure that you have a thorough examination done by a physician to rule out any kind of infection, especially an STD (sexually transmitted disease). In many people, the initial MS symptoms do not reveal themselves until it has gotten more advanced. Once confirmed, there are many things that you can do to address MS's temporary worsening. Most experts agree that diet is a key factor to decreasing MS symptoms because certain foods can worsen the nerve damage.
Some of the foods that may cause temporary worsening include those rich in beta-carotene, like carrots and squash; iron; magnesium; and vitamin A, C, E and K. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables can also help MS patients, but you have to make sure that you eat them in moderation as well. Foods that may become a problem for MS sufferers include processed sugars, caffeine, dairy products, fried foods and wheat. Smoking can also be a problem, although most experts do not think that it causes MS. However, smoking does increase the risk of infection and the symptoms of infection can worsen MS. There are other medications that MS patients taking and doctors strongly recommend that they not stop taking them without discussing it first with the doctor. MS sufferers should also stay away from alcoholic beverages because alcohol can also aggravate the symptoms of MS.
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