Multiple Sclerosis Onset – Recognizing the Symptoms

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Multiple sclerosis affects approximately 2.5 million people around the world and usually begins to affect people who in the age range of 20 to 40 years of age, although it can affect anyone no matter their age. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with the disease. For most victims the signs of at the onset of multiple sclerosis are very subtle, many of them can occur without the patient or the physician realizing that they are the precursor to multiple sclerosis.

Common signs of the onset of multiple sclerosis are different from person to person as the way the disease affects the central nervous system in different in each victim. One of the first signs might be excessive fatigue that tends to be worse in the late afternoon and accompanied by an elevated body temperature. This occurs in approximately 20% of patients at the onset but as the condition advances most patients suffer from this.

Vision problem such as a nystagmus (jerking movement of the eyes), blurry or double vision occurs at the onset of multiple sclerosis. Some 16% of patients complain of inflammation of the eyes in the eye (Optic neuritis) in the beginning although this will spread to at least 50% of patients as the diseases progresses. Other visual problems such as having difficulty tracking with both eyes or the feeling that the world is moving while you are standing still have been reported.

Multiple sclerosis onset symptoms can include weakness in the muscles of the legs and arms accompanied by poor coordination or a tremor in the extremities. These symptoms can also be accompanied by a feeling of numbness or loss of sensation. Tingling or burning feelings have also been reported that starts at the ends of the arms and legs and move towards the shoulders or hips.

Other signs and symptoms that are thought to show the onset of multiple sclerosis are thought to include spasticity or spasms in the extremities, urinary issues such as the inability to urinate or bladder control problems and bowel dysfunction similar to the urinary issues.

While these are the symptoms of the onset of multiple sclerosis, a person who has any of these may not have MS and should seek the advice of his physician before jumping to any conclusions many of these symptoms can have other causes.


Source by Gary P Owen

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