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8 Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis or MS is a progressive, immune-related disorder. It means that the immune system which is specifically responsible for protecting your health is mistakenly attacking certain parts of your body. It targets parts and mechanism which are essential for daily bodily functions. It damages the protective coating on the nerve cells and leads to diminished function in the brain as well as spinal cord.
The condition is unpredictable and characterised by the wide range of symptoms that vary in severity. Here are eight common early signs of multiple sclerosis:
1. Vision problems
The problems of the eye are one of the most earlier problems of Multiple Sclerosis. The optic nerve undergoes inflammation and the central vision gets disrupted. People find the vision blurry, and double or even experience the loss if it,
Pain and degeneration of clarity when you look a certain way or side is also accompanied with vision loss.
2. Tingling and numbness
MS affects your brain’s nerves and the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is the central command center of your body. Damage to the spinal cord will send conflicting signal all across your body and sometimes the signal might be halted. Causing numbness.
Tingling and numbness across the face, neck, arms, fingers and legs is a primary symptom of earliest stages of MS.
3. Pain and spasms
Prolonged and severe pain and involuntary muscle spasms are a common sign of MS. A study suggests that about fifty per cent of the people with MS have chronic pain.
Muscle stiffness or spasms are also very common with sudden painful jerking movements. Legs and sometimes back can take a huge hit for people with MS.
4. Fatigue and weakness
Chronic fatigue affects about 80 percent of the population affected by multiple sclerosis. It is the primary symptom of early stages of MS. It can occur when nerves in the spinal cord start deteriorating. The may last a few weeks before disappearing or improving. Fatigue is noticed quite early in the legs.
5. Balance problems and dizziness
Clumsiness, balance problems and coordination issues are a sign of decreased mobility in a person affected by multiple sclerosis. Some people might even complain about vertigo, dizziness and/or lightheadedness. You might have to discuss gait issues to you general practitioner is you want to be able to walk and move normally.
6. Bladder and bowel dysfunction
Bladder dysfunction is another common sign. It is seen in over 80 percent of people affected by multiple sclerosis. Frequently needing to got to the bathroom, strong urges to urinate and bladder shrinking all of a sudden can be manageable but deteriorate over time.
People may even notice accompanying constipation, diarrhea issues and bowel control loss.
7. Sexual dysfunction
People affected by multiple sclerosis may have a problem with sexually arousing because the disease essential attacks the central nervous system.
8. Changes in emotional wellbeing
Depression at a major level is common in people suffering from MS. The stress of MS can also cause irritation, severe mood swings, and other mental issues. Some people get a condition called pseudobulbar affect which consists of individuals laughing or crying involuntarily at extreme lengths.
Counseling, social support, therapy, medicines, and frequent doctor’s appointments should help cope with MS without losing sanity.