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Signs And Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis

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There are many symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis that affect all aspects of those afflicted. Some of the more noticeable symptoms affect the cognitive, visual, and motor skills. Unfortunately nearly all of the symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis are also associated with other diseases making a diagnosis difficult.

Multiple Sclerosis may transfer to and from different stages of its development quite quickly making treatment difficult and often quite frustrating. Because of the uniqueness of the disease it is hard to predict exact symptoms or affects it will have on someone.

Symptoms may suddenly appear and then go into remission with some sufferers, while others may experience one “episode” of symptoms and then never experience them again. It is estimated that nearly 20% of Multiple Sclerosis sufferers may only ever experience one episode in their lifetime.

Nearly half of all people that have Multiple Sclerosis will not experience a change in their day to day lifestyle, and most will never need to be confined to a wheelchair. Unlike other serious conditions, Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t generally alter the lifespan of those afflicted with the disease.

The list of symptoms below include some of the more visible ones, but by no means is it complete. The range of symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis is so broad that to a casual observer it may appear to be something completely different. As with any serious condition you should consult a doctor if you or someone close to you is experiencing these symptoms.

External Symptoms
An external symptom is one that an observer is able to see. Some of the external symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis are: erratic eye movements, total or near-total paralysis, jerky movements, “tics”, involuntary movement, a total lack of coordination, speech impairments, slurring words when speaking, and dragging one of their feet while walking.

A bystander should be able to see all of these symptoms fairly easily, and a sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis may exhibit more than one symptom at any given time.

Internal Symptoms
A symptom that an observer is unable to see is an internal symptom- only the sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis is able to perceive these.

Symptoms include: facial pain, eye pain, blurred vision, temporary loss of vision, total blindness, double vision, loss of body position awareness, weakness of muscles, memory loss, to properly swallow or breathe, changes in ability to taste or smell, mood swings, and anxiety. Some of them are efficiently relieved with the help of Botox injections.

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