Common Early Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis

By David Moore
Updated July 28, 2016
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Common Early Symptoms Of Multiple SclerosisMultiple sclerosis is a devastating disease whereby the immune system attacks the central nervous system but remains poorly understood. Symptoms vary drastically between individuals. There are a number of common early symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most of these can pass unnoticed or, if they are noticed, can be confused with other problems. It isn't until the disease has progressed substantially that the symptoms become more prominent.

Common Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis:

The majority of people who experience the early symptoms of MS don't realize that is what they have. These include things such as double or blurry vision, or even temporary vision loss. Pain around the eyes is also common. This is because they have optic neuritis. If this is caught early enough, treatment can be offered that can greatly improve the prognosis for MS as well.

Other common early symptoms of multiple sclerosis include muscle spasticity and extreme fatigue. Many also experience temporary paralysis, weak muscles, slurred speech, and lack of bowel and bladder control. Usually, it is at this point that people seek medical attention and receive their MS diagnosis. It is also at this point, therefore, that treatment usually starts.

Frequency of MS Symptoms:

The frequency at which someone experiences the symptoms of multiple sclerosis is different for each patient. There are different types of MS, which influence the type and frequency of symptoms, and the stage of development is also very important. However, there is a common pattern, which is known as the 'relapsing-remitting' pattern. Here, patients suffer from very obvious symptoms for a period of around 24 hours (longer as the disease progresses), and then recover. They will then be fine for as long as one year or even more in the early stages, before again experiencing the symptoms. However, as the disease progresses, the period between flare ups will become increasingly shorter, and the flare ups often become more severe and last longer.

Control The Symptoms:

If someone has primary progressive MS, the disease will get worse over time. At some point, they will even no longer have remission periods. Older patients may still have some very short periods where they go into remission or experience an improvement, but these are short lived. Eventually, they will reach the final MS pattern, which is known as 'secondary progressive pattern'. Here, the patient has gone through the relapsing-remitting' pattern, but no longer goes into remission. That said, medication, a balanced, healthy diet, and therapeutic treatment can help to control these symptoms.

MS Treatment:

Because MS is so poorly understood, treatment is often experimental. However, there is strong evidence to suggest diet can be very beneficial in controlling the symptoms, preventing flare ups, and leading to longer periods of remission. Diet can help to restore a natural inner balance, which means people with MS can be free from aches and pains, have more energy, and enjoy good health for longer periods of time. At the same time, however, it is important to understand that the condition is progressive and that currently there is no cure for it.

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