Symptoms can vary, the intensity of the MS can rise and fall and the length of the relief period can be very different.
Why MS is so tortures and so ever changing? It is very hard to say. Most common opinion are that environment and lifestyle have very high individual impact for MS progress. It is very important how person reacted and changed his lifestyle when multiple sclerosis was diagnosed.
Multiple sclerosis is very dynamic disease, you hardly find any illness similar to MS. Its alteration can be so incredible and unpredictable.
More i work with people who has Multiple Sclerosis - more I'm disappointed that in early stages, people look carelessly to this disease and only realize how serious she is then the symptoms have advanced. So I'm dedicating this article for people who has MS and yet don't really realize what can or will happen if they do not start to think and act from this moment.
Some information may appear a little bit to "strong", but i think for those people this will be a "Kick starter" point, when they realize about their condition. My goal is not to frighten or demotivate you (on the contrary, my goal is give you motivation to change your lifestyle while you can).
The most usual sign of Multiple Sclerosis is vision impairment, it commonly manifest with inflammation of the vision nerve and usually cause one eye full or partial blindness (not for everybody). It can start very sharply and you can lose your vision in just about 1h.
Due to very high progress of the blindness and vision disorder, people call for 911 or go to hospital, where 90% of the cases MS are diagnosed.
(The fast progressing partial or full blindness of one eye are the most common "first" symptom of the multiple sclerosis)
Another symptom of the MS are the constant, pathological fatigue (it is very,very common symptom). Even simple daily activity, which you been doing whole your life (ex. going to the shop), can cause inadequate tiredness (fatigue).
Sleep disorders and intolerance of the heat are very common symptoms of the multiple sclerosis as well.
In the whole progress from the diagnose of the multiple sclerosis, symptoms can change, and become very hard to live with. For some people same symptoms can be very minor and don't even bother them, but for others they can be very major and be main reason of the disability.
People who usually suffer from Multiple Sclerosis report movement disorders:
lowered or perished muscular force (plegia) and spasticity ( higher muscular tone then usual).
Spastisity can cause unwilling motions of the limbs (usually legs or arms).
MS can damage speech or trigger muscular spasms.
Multiple sclerosis is usual reason of the cerebellum disorder, which can manifest as lowered coordination of the movement (usually small motions. ex. writing) and can cause tremor of the limbs or head.
The sensory impairments also manifest almost to all MS patients. The lost, perished or not normal senses in lower or higher form, trouble everyone who suffer from multiple sclerosis.
The inflammation of the trigeminal nerve (he is starts at the ear and goes to the forehead, upper lip and chin) also assigned to the sensory impairments caused by MS. He is very pain full and can be triggered when talking or eating.
The discomfort of the inflammation is very hard to describe. (very unpleasant)
Patients who has Multiple Sclerosis often report or sometimes they do not realize that their normal body positions senses or perception of the movement (motion) has changed. Also patients commonly report dizziness and diploid vision (seeing like being drunk).
The cognition and emotions disorders are also very big issue for MS patients. They can lose they speech, unusual euphoria, decreased memory, attention disorders or sign if demension.
Very important cognitive and emotional disorder for MS patients are depression. More then 50% patients suffer from it. My personal experience and #1 recommendation as professional - is never give up for depression. If you let negative thoughts overwhelm you - the consequences will be drastical. (but i think i will talk more about depression and MS in upcoming articles)
Multiple sclerosis also very often damage the funkcion of the internal organs in pelvis region. It can disturb normal passage of the bowl movements and urinary incontinence. For men it can and usually cause erection problems and for women - the lowered vaginal sensitivity.
This disease can cause premature delivery of the infant, so it is recommended for women who are thinking about having a baby - not to wait, because in early stages of Multiple sclerosis the possibility of complications are very low, but it will rise in every year.