WHAT IS MS & WHO GETS IT?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable and often disabling autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. You can get MS at any age but most people are diagnosed with it between the ages of 20-40. In the U.S. alone over 400,000 people have been diagnosed with MS. 200 new cases are diagnosed each week according to Healthline. With multiple sclerosis, the brain has difficulty getting messages to the rest of the body. Though we know relatively little about multiple sclerosis, research into its causes and possible treatments is rapidly developing. In the most common type (known as relapsing remitting MS), symptoms come and go. These can run the gamut from mild tingling to more severe vision loss.
SIGNS THAT COULD BE INDICATORS OF MS
Irregular Feelings in Your Arms & Legs
Strange fatigue, weakness and sheer clumsiness in your arms may be an early sign of MS. Furthermore, loss of feeling and a tingling sensation in the legs may be another clue. Abnormal weakness of strength could be an additional indicator that the nerve signals are not delivering properly to the brain. These are all symptoms that should be discussed with your doctor.
Oftentimes, early signs of MS could be as simple as an irregular gait when walking as well as difficulty with balance. These can show up as having difficulty walking straight as well as displaying poor coordination compared to others.
This is technically referred to as “Spasticity.” Having difficulty and or the inability to control muscles can often lead to stiffness and muscle spasms
These are defining characteristics among MS patients.
Shocking Sensation Down the Spine
This is more formally referred to as Lhermitte’s sign. It can be described as a nerve pain and can occur when you are bending your neck forward, and then the shocking sensation can lead down into your limbs.
Oftentimes, disruptions in the bladder and bowels are common issues with MS. If this is an ongoing issue, it is definitely something to discuss with your doctor.
Speech Difficulty & Difficulty Swallowing
From facial pain, to dizziness and tremors, as well as difficulty speaking and swallowing, all of these symptoms should be addressed with your doctor in order to make sure you do not have MS.
About 50% of MS patients experience inflammation in the nerves of the eyes, called optic neuritis. More than 10% of MS patients report that this eye condition was one of their first symptoms. Inflamed eye nerves often manifest themselves with pain in the eyes, double vision and reflective images.