I have been Dx with M.S and have meet several people that have MS and I am amazed at the differences. Multiple Sclerosis can and does affect the muscles, tonic spasms, constant muscle pain, 65 % of MS patients complain of muscle pain, seems obvious since our nerves control the messages to our muscles. The legs go from extremley cramped making walking easier than when they are rubbery with no energy or tone. The symptoms can be anything depending on where the lesions are, I find it discouraging when I hear someone who only has read a book say that muscle problems are not an M.S symptom. If you want to now about Multiple Sclerosis go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and find a chapter by you, so you can talk with people who KNOW Multiple Sclerosis..because they have IT!!!
Multiple sclerosis (abbreviated MS, also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata) is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system (CNS), leading to demyelination. It may cause numerous physical and mental symptoms, and often progresses to physical and cognitive disability.
MS presents with a variety of symptoms, including changes in sensation (hypoesthesia), muscle weakness, abnormal muscle spasms, or difficulty in moving; difficulties with coordination and balance (ataxia); problems in speech (dysarthria) or swallowing (dysphagia), visual problems (nystagmus, optic neuritis, or diplopia), fatigue and acute or chronic pain syndromes, and bladder and bowel difficulties. Cognitive impairment of varying degrees, or emotional symptomatology in the form of depression.
Neuropathic pain is the most common, distressing and intractable of the pain syndromes in MS. This pain is described as constant, boring, burning or tingling intensely. It usually occurs in the legs. Paraesthesias include pins and needles; tingling; shivering; burning pains; feelings of pressure; and areas of skin with heightened sensitivity to touch. The pains associated with these can be aching, throbbing, stabbing, shooting, gnawing, tingling, tightness and numbness. The initial attacks (also known as exacerbations or relapses) are often transient, mild (or asymptomatic), and self-limited. They often do not prompt a health care visit and sometimes are only identified in retrospect once the diagnosis has been made based on further attacks. The most common initial symptoms reported are: changes in sensation in the arms, legs or face (33%), complete or partial vision loss (optic neuritis) (16%), weakness (13%), double vision (7%), unsteadiness when walking (5%), and balance problems (3%); but many rare initial symptoms have been reported such as aphasia or psychosis. For some people the initial MS attack is preceded by infection, trauma, or strenuous physical effort.
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