Multiple sclerosis or MS is a tricky disease that affects the spinal cord and the brain. There are various types of MS, but the most common type is relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis where the symptoms appear then disappear.
The disease is tricky because the symptoms can cause confusion to many people because they can be similar to other conditions. While only a doctor can diagnose whether you have MS or not, there are warning signs that can help you detect the disease early, so you can have yourself checked right away:
There are many conditions that cause fatigue and one of them is MS. Some people with this disease experience MS lassitude, which is a type of extremely severe fatigue that occurs daily and gets worse as the day goes on.
MS numbness mostly affects the face and can have an impact on how a person chews and talks. Aside from the face, it can also happen in the arms and legs, which can affect how you hold an object or how you walk. Numbness can go away, but usually progresses over a few hours to days.
3. Bladder Issues
If you keep running to the bathroom or you think you can’t get there fast enough, you shouldn’t just assume it’s because of age. MS symptoms can involve frequent urination as well as incontinence.
We all feel pins and needles temporarily at some point in our lives. But MS tingling lasts much longer than just a few minutes, even as blood flow returns to the affected area.
5. Heat Intolerance
It could just be the summer heat wave, but it can also be MS. Most people with MS cannot tolerate heat, which cause them to feel faint, dizzy, and strangely uncomfortable. Even exercising, sunbathing, and soaking in hot tubs can lead to discomfort.
6. Vision Problems
MS can cause your eyesight to get worse overtime. The disease causes inflammation in the eyes’ optic nerves, which can lead to blurry or double vision.
7. Pain and Spasms
MS can result to leg pain, spasms, and/or muscle stiffness. According to the National MS Society, more than 50% of people with MS experience these kinds of pain at some point, particularly the women.
The symptoms of MS are quite common, but the key is timing. MS symptoms don’t just last for a few minutes to hours to days. They usually develop over the course of several days and can remain for a few weeks.