Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system. This disease causes the inflammation, destruction, and scarring of the protective coating around nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and can even damage the nerves themselves. Symptoms vary widely depending on the location and extent of the damage, and they may be temporary or permanent. Early identification is crucial for obtaining effective treatment for MS. Below is a brief look at MS and its symptoms.
Most Common Symptoms
Numbness in the face or extremities is often one of the first symptoms of MS. Approximately 80% of people with MS report fatigue as a primary symptom, and it can progress to the point where it interferes with both personal and professional obligations. Bladder dysfunction is similarly common in 80% of people with MS, though it can usually be managed successfully. MS may also cause clinically significant levels of pain, and it may be temporary or chronic.
Less Common Symptoms
In some cases, MS may interfere with major bodily functions. Speech problems are reported in approximately 25 to 40% of individuals with MS; speech impairments range from slurring to difficulty in controlling voice intensity and inflection. Only about 6% of people with MS report symptoms of hearing loss, though it tends to improve over time; total deafness from MS is rare.
Certain risk factors can trigger or worsen certain symptoms. Overstraining the body in excessively hot weather, hot showers, or from physical overexertion may lead to a relapse. Internal heat generated from a fever or infection may also adversely impact MS symptoms.
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