Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) vary from patient to patient. Central neuropathic pain, a constant burning sensation affecting the limbs, is the most common pain symptom among sufferers. Poor digestion is another frequent complaint. Check out our expert answers to learn more, including the best ways to manage your MS symptoms.

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    Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Fatigue may be a primary symptom or it may be the result of other symptoms, such as weakness or pain. Some MS-related fatigue is constant, while some pain comes and goes. Fatigue is a highly treatable symptom of multiple sclerosis. Keep a diary of your energy level and bring these notes to your doctor to help assess your treatment options.
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    Is poor digestion a common complaint among MS patients?
    Poor digestion is one of the most common multiple sclerosis symptoms. In this WisePatient video, I will explain the link between digestive issues and chronic diseases like MS.
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    A description of the clinical picture of multiple sclerosis (MS) includes symptoms, the patient's complaints, and signs, what the doctor finds in an examination, such as a change in the knee-jerk reflex test. Together, they are called "findings" and are the principal clues to accurate diagnosis and eventual prognosis.

    Symptoms and signs are most commonly believed to be the result of MS lesions causing disturbances in electrical conduction in one or more of three general sites in the central nervous system - the optic nerve, the brain stem-cerebellum, and the spinal cord. As each area controls particular functions of the central nervous system, the location of the lesion will determine the type of attack. For example, an optic nerve lesion may cause blurred vision, blind spots, or a decrease in brightness. A brain stem-cerebellar lesion can cause dizziness or double vision or balance and coordination trouble. Spinal cord lesions give rise to symptoms such as weakness or numbness of the limbs. Occasionally, signs and symptoms are caused by lesions in a fourth area, the cerebrum. This area, however, remains something of a puzzle.

    Although the pathological lesions of MS are very common there, cerebral signs and symptoms are relatively rare. This discrepancy between lesions and clinical signs and symptoms is one of the great curiosities of MS; many, possibly most, MS plaques are "silent." In fact, a January 1986 study at the Neurologic Institute of the Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, New York, found that 75 percent of all lesions were "clinically silent."

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    Myokymia is an annoying twitching or fluttering of the eyelid muscles. It may come and go in many people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Vision itself is not actually affected. Myokymia can be seen in some people without MS as well. Stress, sleep deprivation, and caffeine may make it act up in some.
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    Urinary urgency is a very common primary symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). It can be caused by a bladder that is triggered to empty even if a very small amount of urine is present, or a bladder that overfills and does not empty completely. When the bladder fails to empty, the remaining urine, called residual, can cause an infection.

    The urinary tract infection (UTI) that can result is a secondary symptom or complication of urgency related to urinary retention. UTI symptoms include: pain or pressure over the bladder or in the groin, pain when urinating, increased urgency and frequency, a strong odor to the urine, increased fatigue, fever, and chills.
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    While most patients with Multiple Sclerosis appear cognitively normal and able to function and work normally, up to 50% of patients report some degree of memory problems.
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    Difficulty with walking (gait) is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). There are many causes of gait issues, including muscle weakness, foot drop, muscle spasms, balance difficulty, loss of sensation and fatigue. If you have difficulty walking, your neurologist will try to identify the cause and will accordingly pick the treatment that is best for you.

    Foot drop is a relatively common cause of gait disturbances in people with MS. It can have a severe impact on a person’s ability to walk and can cause serious falls. Foot drop may occur during a relapse and get better with time, or it may become permanent. In either case, there are a few treatments to help manage it.

    Interventions including physical therapy, braces, functional electrical stimulation (FES) and the drug Ampyra have been shown to help improve symptoms and the quality of life of those who experience foot drop. 
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    As many as 40 percent of people who are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) will face speech difficulties at some time. The most common problems are loudness, a harsh quality to the voice, and problems with articulation and pitch.

    The symptom could hit hard with a relapse, or come and go several times a day on a regular basis. It might be so subtle that your spouse or doctor notices it before you do, or so frustrating that you don't want to leave the house.
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    There is no question that multiple sclerosis (MS) has a specific age of onset when symptoms first appear. MS rarely strikes before age ten or after age fifty, and symptoms generally appear between ages twenty and forty. Statistically, the average age of onset is twenty-eight, and the average age of diagnosis is thirty-three. (The average age of onset is slightly lower for women than men.)

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    Aphasia, or the loss of words, until recently was not considered a clinical manifestation of multiple sclerosis (MS) because MS primarily affects the white matter of the brain and spinal cord, while aphasia is typically associated with diseases of the grey matter. However, a recent multi-center study investigating the prevalence of aphasia in MS found that nearly 40% of individuals with MS demonstrate markedly reduced word-finding skills. Aphasic disorders may be observed in two different situations in MS. The most common situation is experiencing difficulty generating the names of people, places and things over the disease course, while the second situation is experiencing acute aphasia during or following an exacerbation.