Multiple sclerosis, commonly referred to as “MS,” is a disease that affects the central nervous system. This disease is particularly devastating, as it causes the immune system to attack the myelin sheath that protects nerve fibers all over the nervous system. These attacks can damage the nervous system, causing a wide variety of communication problems between the brain and body.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis usually develops during the beginning of adulthood, between the age of 20 and 40. Symptoms are not always constant or consistent, and will come and go. While there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, there are treatment options to manage symptoms of the disease.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis are classified under three categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary symptoms result from damage and scarring to the myelin sheath that interferes with the communication between the central nervous system and the body. Secondary symptoms occur as a result of issues arriving from primary issues. Tertiary symptoms are social and psychological in nature, arising from problems and symptoms resulting from multiple sclerosis.
Early symptoms of multiple sclerosis can include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Loss of balance and/or coordination
- Blurred vision
- Weakness in arms and legs
However, as the disease progresses, symptoms can progress into:
- Muscle spasms
- Inability or difficulty walking
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Bladder issues
- Sexual dysfunction
- Thinking and concentration issues
Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Since the cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown and has yet to be cured, the disease is treated by managing the symptoms. DSP Health System can help diagnose multiple sclerosis and design a treatment plan that can help the disease’s victims live as normal of a life as possible.