What are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis is a
disease that causes many signs and symptoms. The reason for
this is that MS attacks myelin of the central nervous system,
which consists of the brain, brainstem and spinal cord.
Because the central nervous system or CNS is broken down into
different parts and each part is responsible for different
functions, depending on where the MS attacks will determine the
symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. This
disease is causes diverse affects and this is one of the
reasons MS is hard to diagnose.
MS affects everyone in different ways. There is no real set
of symptoms for everyone who is diagnosed with Multiple
Sclerosis. However there are many symptoms that are considered
to be common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. These MS symptoms
include fatigue, depression, memory changes, pain, visual loss,
double vision, unsteadiness, dizziness, weakness, shaking, loss
of coordination, numbness, tingling, bladder problems, bowel
problems and sexual problems. These symptoms are said to be
experienced by about 85 percent of all people with Multiple
Sclerosis. MS initially begins with attacks of these symptoms
and tend to improve or subside over time. In about 15 percent
of people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, these symptoms
appear but unfortunately do not improve. People who experience
MS symptoms which get better with time have what is known as
relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Secondary progressive
MS means that people have relapses but often the symptoms do
not all disappear. Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis means
individuals never have relapses or remissions. Instead their
symptoms never improve and are a part of everyday life. Many
people with primary progressive MS depend on wheelchairs and
the help of others to manage day to day activities.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are different in everyone
with the disease. The appearance of these symptoms is very
unpredictable. The symptoms of MS are so unpredictable that a
person with the disease could go to bed at night feeling fine
and wake in the morning experiencing symptoms. Symptoms of
Multiple Sclerosis can show up at anytime and anywhere.