MS Symptoms

Since this network of nerves conveys instructions all through your system, MS can affect you in handfuls of distinctive ways.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

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The symptoms experienced by individuals with MS can be categorized according to how they affect them. Some people develop nerve harm without noticing symptoms since the harm happens to be in a portion of the brain or spinal cord which can re-route nerve signals around the harm. Sometimes, symptoms can be caused by nerve damage inside the portion of the brain that deals with that portion of the body. 

Since this network of nerves conveys instructions all through your system, MS can affect you in handfuls of distinctive ways. The indications can affect your senses, mind, and body. Each individual with the condition is affected differently. Some of the most common symptoms include:

• Fatigue – A feeling of exhaustion which makes it difficult to carry out even the simplest activities. Fatigue is the most common and tireless symptom of MS, influencing about 80 percent of those with MS.

• Vision Problems – Problems with vision include temporary loss of vision in the affected eye, color blindness, pain moving the eyes, blurred vision, double vision, involuntary eye movements, and occasionally, both of your eyes may be affected. But it rarely affects both eyes simultaneously.

• Altered/Abnormal sensations – Abnormal sensations are considered the earliest symptoms of MS. This regularly takes the form of numbness or tingling in several parts of your body, such as the arms or legs, which regularly spreads out over a few days. Individuals with MS involvement these altered sensations, like deadness, tingling, burning, or sensitivity to touch.

• Muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness – MS can cause muscle spasms, a state when your muscles contract tightly and painfully, and spasticity when it becomes stiff and resistant to movement. It can also cause squeezing sensation, foot drop, and swallowing difficulties.

• Mobility problems – MS can make walking and moving around difficult, particularly if you also have muscle weakness and spasticity. During this stage you may experience clumsiness, balance and co-ordination difficulties, shaking or trembling of a limb, dizziness, and vertigo.

• Problems with thinking, learning and planning – Some people with MS have problems with memory, thinking, learning and planning, known as cognitive problems. They might incorporate absent-mindedness, finding it difficult to focus or concentrate, and a general sense of being too tired to think. It may also cause slowness in processing lots of data or multitasking, a shortened attention span, getting stuck on words, and issues with reasoning, such as mathematical laws or tackling puzzles.

• Mental health/emotional problems – In rare cases, individuals with MS can experience fast and extreme mood swings, abruptly bursting into tears, laughing, or yelling angrily for no clear reason.

• Sexual Problems – Both men and women can sometimes discover that MS can influence their cooperation in and satisfaction of sex. Nerve harm related to the genital zone can affect skin sensations and erectile tissue. Muscle spasms or pain can also interfere with sex. Men with MS frequently discover it difficult to get or keep up an erection. They may also discover it takes a lot longer to ejaculate when having sex or masturbating, and may indeed lose the capacity to ejaculate altogether. For women, issues include trouble reaching orgasm, as well as diminished vaginal lubrication and sensation.

• Bladder and bowel problems – Problems with regulating your bladder and bowel are also quite common in MS. Common bladder problems in MS include feeling to pee more frequently, having a sudden need to pee, difficulty emptying the bladder completely, and recurrent urinary tract infections. Problems with their bowel function include constipation and difficulty passing stools. However, a few of these issues aren’t particular to MS and can indeed be the result of medications.