It’s never easy (nor is it advisable) to self-diagnose, since a wide range of symptoms are shared across a multitude of possible diseases and conditions, ranging from serious to mild. That being said, no one knows your body better than you do, and if you are researching Multiple Sclerosis early symptoms, then having an idea of which symptoms can characterize the disease early on can help you to have a more informed visit with your doctor down the line.
Because Multiple Sclerosis’ early symptoms on their own can be attributed to many other conditions, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) may take a long to time to be diagnosed by physicians. This list of 10 early signs of MS may be useful for those who don’t know if or when to expect being diagnosed with MS.
1. Balance Problems – MS is a disease that affects the nervous system. As a result, the disease disrupts the signals between the brain and the spinal cord, and can also cause inner ear problems responsible for a kind of vertigo known as benign positional vertigo (BPV). As a result, one might feel unbalanced when trying to step over an obstacle or dizzy when moving from lying in the bed or sitting in the couch to standing.
2. Vision Problems – When MS reaches and inflames the optic nerves or confuses signals between the brain and the eyes, vision-related problems tend to appear as part of Multiple Sclerosis early symptoms. Eyes (one or both, most commonly only one at a time) might hurt constantly or when moved. Double or blurry vision might also occur, as well as seeing things around dimmer or oddly colored. Uncontrollable eye movements, especially while looking to the side, are another possible sign.
3. Suddenly Feeling Hot or Cold – The disruption MS causes in nerve signals can lead to tangled sensations, like suddenly feeling very cold or hot without having a logical reason to feel like that. There isn’t any logical reason for it. Woman in the premenopausal years must keep track of which parts of the body are affected by this symptom so that they can differentiate between Multiple Sclerosis early symptoms and hormonal variations.
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4. Constipation – Less recurrent and longer trips to the bathroom might be related with MS. Those who used to have regular digestion and are experiencing some kind of change should pay attention since it might be a sign. Gaining more weight or feeling bloated are other possible implications.
5. Feeling Tingly – Tingly sensations are one of the most common symptoms of MS, but it’s easy to miss because it’s also associated with various diseases, like restless leg syndrome or diabetic neuropathy. A patient might notice tickly or prickly sensations moving up the legs and arms, or even numbness in some parts of the body.
6. Confusing Symptoms – MS symptoms may switch around in an extremely puzzling way. For example, a serious episode of stiffness can disappear and be followed by constipation which might give its place to some vision problems, leaving people clueless of what’s going on.
7. Disappearing Symptoms – Even though MS is a chronic disease, it doesn’t progress in a steady way like most chronic diseases. In the majority of MS cases, people have long remission periods, followed the reappearing of symptoms — designated as “relapsing remitting” multiple sclerosis.
8. Shaky Hands – Muscles can be affected by Multiple Sclerosis in various ways. It’s common to experience weakness and spasms, since muscles can cramp or tighten up without warning.
9. Incoherent Thinking – One of the first signs of MS is cognitive impairment, but it’s only recognized when looking in retrospective. People will have difficulty in concentrating, be easily distracted and forget tasks, words, or facts more frequently than before. Keep in mind that this is a sign that is also attributed to normal memory decline related with aging as well.
10. Feeling Exhausted All the Time – Another classic sign of MS is feeling weak and tired throughout the entire day. Like other early symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, this one is hard to diagnose because it’s common in numerous other conditions. People might feel extreme exhaustion out of nowhere, and small, simple activities might be difficult to accomplish because arms and legs feel so heavy and clumsy.
Because MS is a complex, largely unknown disease, those who feel they may have MS based on this list of early symptoms will still have a long to go before receiving a definitive diagnosis. As always consult your doctor about any health concerns.
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