Multiple Sclerosis is a disease that currently affects over 2.5 million people worldwide. It’s the part of your body that is supposed to work to keep you healthy, but in turn it starts to attack the areas that help you function as a human being on a daily basis. There are many different treatment options available to treat this ailment.
If you have a family history of multiple sclerosis then you hold a high risk of developing the disease yourself. Multiple Sclerosis will tend to show itself in the body between the ages of 20-40 and the signs and symptoms of the disease will often come and go. They can linger or go away quickly. The symptoms of the disease can appear to be getting better only to return again another time. If you are experiencing any symptoms it is important to keep track of them so that a doctor can properly diagnose you.
Thankfully, there have been tons of holistic efforts recently getting praise for helping to decrease many symptoms of MS. Dietary adjustments such as trying a plant based diet, or incorporating herbs into your routine versus using prescription medications are definitely on the rise.
Here are some signs of Multiple Sclerosis:
1. Muscle Spasms
Typically muscle spasms are an early symptom of multiple sclerosis, and it often occurs mainly in the legs.
It can vary in intensity from mild spasms to intense painful ones. Many mistake this telltale sign for a case of restless leg syndrome, when all along it was MS settling in.
If you have been experiencing muscle spasms all too frequently for no real explanation, it may be time to discuss that with your doctor.
2. Trouble Walking
Due to the spasms and general weakness in your legs it can cause problems with your ability to move around or walk.
Some also have changes with their gait, or the way they walk entirely. This can equate small adjustments through the day such as having to hold onto a railing, or using caution when walking in snow or icy conditions, but it can also result in major changes for the patient. Some have difficulty walking so much from their MS, that they require a therapeutic walking device such as a walker, or cane. Many find that this is one of the last symptoms that they develop before realizing they may need full time help or care in order to get through the day safely.
3. Vision Problems
Multiple Sclerosis can also cause inflammation in the optic nerves to occur.
This can be a slow process so it may not be noticeable right away. You may experience blurred vision or completely impaired vision. Some people also experience pain any time they look upwards to to the sides. This can then lead to headaches and sleepiness during the day for the patient.
If you begin to notice that your vision is impaired, or that you are having challenges looking around as you usually would without a hitch, you should have your eyes examined right away.
4. Tingling or Numbness in Limbs
Nerves in the brain and spinal column are affected with MS so it is common for the brain to send out “mixed signals” throughout the body.
These mixed thoughts can appear in many ways such as no signals which can cause a feeling of numbness in the body, or it can send out too many signals in which you will feel a tingling sensation in various areas of your body at once.
Some can find relief just by moving the body around and getting the blood flowing again. Doing some basic stretching or Yoga poses can often result in getting feeling back to those areas that were asleep or tingling.
Many MS patients experience a feeling of not just restlessness, but of extreme exhaustion for no reason at all.
It occurs more often in the afternoon and can cause overall weakness in your body. Many people even develop a feeling of exhaustion even after a full night of sleep, which, as you can imagine, is a lot to cope with the following day trying to function at work.
Fatigue can often be helped by increasing your water intake, changing your diet, and getting regular exercise. These changes can additionally help sleeping patterns at night. headaches, and dizziness for MS patients.
6. Bladder Problems
It can be a problematic symptom when you have the feeling that you need to pee all the time, and this is a common one for thousands of multiple sclerosis patient.
It often makes you feel that it happens urgently and can occur at night often waking you up and decreasing your sleep. It may be hard to completely empty a full bladder as well forcing the patient to try to push on the bladder or sit leaning forward to try to force the urine out of the bladder, which isn’t recommended.
It is very common for MS sufferers to have constant bouts of dizziness occur.
It is a feeling of being lightheaded all the time, which can lead to fainting and a real danger trying to drive to work. For this reason, many MS patients utilize a driver for their commuting to play it on the safe side.
Some can control their dizziness by taking medications that are administered for those living with vertigo. Getting adequate sleep at night can also help to decrease this symptom. Paying extra special attention to your diet can equally be as therapeutic.
8. Sexual Problems
Men and women experience different sexual issues with MS. Imagine going through a combination of any of the aforementioned symptoms, then trying to maintain some form of sexual relations. Doesn’t exactly sound remotely enjoyable does it? That’s totally normal and to be expected for MS patients, especially those who are new to their diagnosis.
Men tend to experience troubles getting an erection, while women will tend to have vaginal dryness. Both sexes will share a lack of sex drive and even less sensitivity to human touch.
This can result in stress on the relationship naturally, so if these symptoms seem to be developing, definitely speak to a doctor to get an expert opinion on treating the sexual hurdles.
9. Memory Loss
Many people who experience MS have trouble remembering things. Not only that, but they will find they have trouble paying attention to tasks they used to do regularly.
Staying organized and on task will also be an issue. Some often tell their doctor of these symptoms, then end up on ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications, which generally won’t resolve the issue as the patient has MS, not ADHD. It’s a slippery slope, with many MS symptoms being similar to Alzheimer’s as well for the ailment to be incorrectly diagnosed.
10. Speech Problems
It is common in MS for people to have slurred speech, almost as if they were stuttering, or as if they were under the influence.
Speech challenges are a telltale sign of MS, and often one of the first clues to solving the MS diagnosis. Some report that they assumed they had suffered a stroke due to the way their speech had so quickly changed. Having a candid discussion with your family doctor about your communication challenges can be the first step to finding an MS diagnosis, and getting it treated.
MS affects so many people that as years go by, there are more and more valuable resource becoming readily available, which is great news. Decades ago those with MS didn’t have the greatest outcome or lifespan for that matter, and now, in 2016 so many advances have helped turn the future of MS patients to have much longer, healthier lives with professional treatment