Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding Multiple Sclerosis

A dangerous autoimmune condition that can be fatal eventually. This autoimmune disease affects the nerves, eating away their protective coating. The condition cannot be cured though treatment in some cases helps live a long reasonably healthy life.

Nerve damage caused due to MS wreaks havoc between the brain and body communication thus it can cause a myriad range of symptoms. The duration, severity and form of symptoms can drastically vary from individual to individual. While some can live their life without many major symptoms, others may end up going through severe chronic conditions.

This condition can be suppressed to a certain extent through the use of medication and regular physical therapy. However, its progression cannot be prevented.

Specific Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis

  • Begins with pain in the eyes, mostly the back region.
  • The pain in the eyes can be associated with eye movement or by simply nodding your head.
  • Slight tremors in the hands and limbs are normal and often the first indications of MS.
  • Due to nerve damage, it can leave to muscular degeneration which results in walking difficulty, abnormal gait and stance, cramping, involuntary movements, muscle rigidity, weakness, poor coordination, clumsiness, overactive reflexes and more.
  • In general, the entire body may feel fatigued. You can experience poor balance, weakness or vertigo.
  • Excess urination especially at night, regular urge to urinate or even leaking is not uncommon either.
  • Uncertain sensory stimulation in the form of burning or tingling sensation, pins and needles, abnormal taste and reduced feeling of touch.
  • MS can lead to complete or partial loss of vision, blurred vision or even double vision.
  • Sexually it may cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Slurred speech is not uncommon and neither is impaired voice.
  • General symptoms include difficulty in thinking, swallowing and even understanding at times. Headaches, heavy legs, numbness of the face, stiffness, tongue numbness.

Though not common in young children and teenagers, it isn’t unheard of. Read more on MS in children.