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Re: understand it/This May Help. Some of the symptoms of MS.

Re: understand it/This May Help. Some of the symptoms of MS.

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Posted by Brenda on August 03, 2000 at 16:40:52:

In Reply to: I want to understand it posted by Kathy on July 28, 2000 at 23:08:55:


: Ever since I can remember, my mother has had MS. She explained to it to me when I was younger, but I have never really fully understood what it is. Rather than be afraid of her illness, I would like to understand it, and know how I can be there to support her in anyway I can. Also, is MS herditary, if not how might my mother have gotten it? Is there a chance that I took my catch this disease? Please, I want to understand! Thank you.
KATHY...HERE'S A LITTLE HELP. Brenda.
nmp63bkp@yahoo.com

SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF MS.

There is no set pattern to MS and everyone with MS has a different set of symptoms, which vary from time to time and can change in severity and duration, even in the same person.

The systems commonly affected include:
vision
co-ordination
strength
sensation
speech and swallowing
bladder control
sexuality
cognitive function

There is no typical MS. Most people with MS will experience more than one symptom, and though there are symptoms common to many people, no person would have all of them.

Visual disturbances:
blurring of vision
double vision (diplopia)
optic neuritis
involuntary rapid eye movement
(rarely) total loss of sight.

Balance & co-ordination problems:
loss of balance
tremor
unstable walking (ataxia)
giddiness (vertigo)
clumsiness of a limb
lack of co-ordination

Weakness:

This can particularly affect the legs in walking
and can affect other extremities and trunk area of the body. Sometimes weakness can involve the entire body.

Spasticity:

Altered muscle tone can produce spasticity or muscle stiffness which can affect mobility and walking and cause muscle spasms.

Altered sensation:

Tingling, numbness (paraesthesia), or burning feeling in an area of the body.
Pain may be associated with MS, e.g. facial pain, (such as trigeminal neuralgia), and muscle pains.

Abnormal speech:

slowing of speech
slurring of words
changes in rhythm of speech
Difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia)

Fatigue:

A debilitating kind of general fatigue which is unpredictable. Fatigue is one of the most common (and one of the most troubling) symptoms of MS!!!

Bladder & bowel problems:

Bladder problems include the need to pass water frequently and/or urgently, incomplete emptying or emptying at inappropriate times.
Bowel problems include constipation and, infrequently, loss of bowel control.

Sexuality & intimacy:
impotence
diminished arousal
loss of sensation

Sensitivity to heat!! This symptom very commonly causes a transient worsening of symptoms.

Cognitive & emotional disturbances:

Problems with short term memory, concentration, judgment or reasoning


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