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Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. In Multiple Sclerosis, the immune system attacks the covering of the nerves, called the myelin sheath. Consequently, the sheaths are damaged, and the damaged areas develop scarring that leads to either distorted communication or lack of communication between the nerve endings.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of  Multiple Sclerosis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis are as follows:

Symptoms of MS depend on what part of the nerves have experienced demyelination. The most common symptoms include:

  • episodes of dizziness
  • loss of balance and coordination
  • increased reflexes
  • eye problems such as blurred or double vision
  • feelings of tingling or numbness, especially in the extremities
  • extreme fatigue
  • loss of arm, hand or leg strength
  • difficulty speaking and slurred speech
  • muscle tremors
  • muscle stiffness
  • paralysis
  • problems with thinking, concentration, memory and judgment
  • increased reflexes
  • general feeling of weakness
  • difficulty speaking
  • mood swings
  • body pain
  • clumsiness and difficulty walking
  • bowel and bladder problems
  • constipation
  • impotence in men
  • difficulty reaching orgasm
  • sensations of warmth, burning or prickling

For most people, the disease follows a pattern of periodic flare-ups, called exacerbations, followed by periods in which symptoms diminish or even disappear, called remissions.



Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

There is no single test for diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis, however a wide variety of tests and help to confirm or rule it out.  Specific tests that may help include:

  • an MRI
  • a spinal tap
  • CT scan of the brain
  • General bloodwork
  • Nerve stimulation tests
  • EEG

Books for People With Multiple Sclerosis Signs and Symptoms:

Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies
Rosalind Kalb
The First Year: Multiple Sclerosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Margaret Blackstone


Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis: An Evidence-Based Guide to Recovery
George Jelinek
Healing Multiple Sclerosis: Diet, Detox & Nutritional Makeover for Total Recovery
Ann Boroch

Multiple Sclerosis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Information for the newly diagnosed, possible MS, people with MS, friends and family, health practitioners and event participants in English and Spanish.

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/index.aspx

  • MS World . org

For persons with Multiple Sclerosis and those who love them to meet for support and share information. Chats, a library, tech help, member e-mail group, message boards.

http://www.msworld.org/

  • Multiple Sclerosis Resource Center

Multiple Sclerosis Resource Centre (MSRC) provides information on Multiple Sclerosis, MS symptoms, treatments, research news & MS resources to all those affected by MS.

http://www.msrc.co.uk/

  • MS Active Source

Living well with MS starts with MS ActiveSource. MS ActiveSource is a resource dedicated to helping people with multiple sclerosis live better lives.

http://www.msactivesource.com/

  • Med Help

A Multiple Sclerosis Help Forum. This forum is for help, questions and support regarding Multiple Sclerosis

http://www.medhelp.org/forums/Multiple-Sclerosis/show/41



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment of this nerve condition.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/DS00188

  • Medline Plus

A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/multiplesclerosis.html

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, prognosis and complications.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001747/

  • Web MD

You are not alone facing the challenges of MS. We’ll give you links to online support and chat rooms, MS specialists, and resources with a larger perspective.

http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-support-resources


Steps to Promote Neuro-Protection & Support Myelin Sheath Repair:

  1. Protect and Rebuild the Myelin Sheath
  2. Use Glutathione Therapy to Preserve BrainTissue
  3. Increase Cellular Energy
  4. Reduce the Toxic Load of Heavy Metals & Chemicals on Your Body
  5. Test Yourself for Toxic Heavy Metals and Essential Mineral Ratios
  6. Remove Heavy Metals and Other Contaminants from Your Body
  7. Add Essential Fatty Acids to Your Diet
  8. Eliminate Candida Yeast and Bacterial Infections
  9. Use Antioxidants to Combat Free Radical Damage
  10. Support Nerve Cell Function and Cellular Regeneration