Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information between the body and brain. Its symptoms are unpredictable; for some people, they worsen progressively over time, while for others they may come and go.
Although the range of symptoms can span far and wide, here are some of the more common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:
Eyesight changes are the first symptoms patients notice in one in four cases of MS. These could include color blindness, temporary vision loss, eye pain, or flashes of light when moving the eyes.
Tingling, numbness, and pins-and-needles sensations may be experienced in the extremities. This is often another early symptom of MS.
In addition to numbness and tingling, the muscles may spasm or feel weak in MS. The muscle contractions can be painful, and muscles may also become stiff and difficult to move.
Muscle weakness and spasticity can contribute to the mobility challenges commonly seen in MS, including balance and coordination difficulties.
Fatigue is more than just feeling tired; instead, it’s immense exhaustion that can make even everyday activities challenging. People with Multiple Sclerosis may find that it’s more pronounced towards the end of the day, if in hot temperatures, or after exercising.
Some people with MS face challenges with learning, thinking, and planning. They may struggle to learn new things, process information, plan, or problem-solving. They may also have difficulty recalling a word or maintaining a long attention span, though the memory is typically unaffected.
Discomfort may be caused by MS itself as a result of the nervous system damage people experience; or, it could stem from other symptoms, including the mobility difficulties that strain the back, hips, and joints.
Bowel & Bladder Issues
Bladder and bowel function may be affected in MS. The need to urinate urgently or more frequently may occur, in addition to difficulty emptying the bladder and recurring urinary tract infections. Constipation can also result from bowel function issues.
Speech & Swallowing Issues
MS can also bring on challenges with chewing, swallowing, and speaking, including slurred speech.
People with MS may only have a few of these symptoms. If you’re experiencing these or other unfamiliar symptoms, talk to your doctor to receive a firm diagnosis. Because Multiple Sclerosis symptoms bear similarities to many other conditions, the diagnosing process may take time and several types of testing.
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This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for multiple sclerosis, also known as stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.