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Common Symptoms Prior To And After Diagnosis

*** "The MS Mystery" ***

Written by: Kim Levinson/TheForum

** Muscle spasms; (spasticity) Painful muscle spasms in varying parts of the body. At times in one or more of the outer limbs; such as the >arms,hands, or legs. Commonly effected with spasm are the lower part of the spine, the tailbone and legs. See also in this listing of symptoms Lower back pain at the following URL:

** Shock like sensations; that begin at the base of the brain stem, shooting down the spine, sometimes continuing all the way down into the leg. See "Lhermitte's Sign" in the literature search section available at the following URL:

** Tingling Pins and needles; Like sensation in one or more limbs. Most notable running up and down the spine and in the feet.

** Fatigue: Either mild or to the extreme of complete exhaustion. May be accompanied by a feeling of heaviness. The usual task of normal day to day activities which once came with ease now seem associated with a general feeling of fatigue, tiredness and muscle weakness. Additional information in the literature search section available on "fatigue and MS". at the following URL:

** Lower back pain: The type of lower back pain usually associated as a symptom of MS is usually described as a pulled or stressed muscle in the lower back. It can be very painful and is often mistaken for being either a pulled muscle and or a herniated disc.

** Neck pain; Stiffness, pain at the base of the brain stem, or a general feeling of having a pulled muscle in the neck area.

** Pain in either temple: A jabbing pain in the region of the temple on either side of the face. See literature search on "trigeminal neuralgia". At the following URL:

** Migraine Headaches: Migraines lastings a short time, sometimes days or on a chronic persistent level. Additional information in the literature search section available on "migraines and MS". At the following URL:

** Visual disturbances: Involuntary rapid eye movement, blurred or double vision, temporary loss of sight in one or both eyes. (Literature search information available on visual disturbances and optic neuritis). At the following URLS:

** Bladder dysfunction: Urinary incontinence, (loss of bladder control) or urinary urgency or frequency, (a constant sensation of having to void/urinate with only minor amounts of urine to pass). Additional information in the literature search section available on "urinary dysfunction". At the following URLS:

** Bowel dysfunction: Chronic constipation or diarrhea, due to lack of proper nerve conduction that control the muscles for proper bowel function to occur. At the following URL:

**Motor instability: lack of coordination, balance, tremors, sometimes with gait offset.

** Dizziness: Light headedness, fainting for no apparent reason, feeling of the ground appearing to move out from under your feet as you walk with yoursense of depth perception possible very distorted.

** Cognitive dysfunction: Usually presenting itself in the earlier stages of progression and carried on throughout to the chronic progressive stage of MS. This symptom is variable in its debilitating effects on the MS patients. Yet this is one symptom that is considered one of the more debilitating symptoms or comorbid aspects of this disease. More information available on cognitive dysfunction in the literature search section. At the following URL:

** Speech dysfunction: Slurred speech, lack of short term recall causing staggered and incomplete dialogue, mispronunciation of words and reversing of consonants that had typically come with ease prior to the onset of this particular symptom. At the following URL:

** Auditory dysfunction: Processing of sounds, words sounding garbled or difficult to understand. Sounds and motion do not synchonize in a patient who is experiencing autitory dysfunction. What may not be preceived as excessive noise to one who does not have MS, may be too overwhelming, and be too much stimulus to process for the MS patient. This particular symptom is most noticeable when the MS patient is fatigued. However it does occur on again off again at will. At the following URL:

Summary of symptoms

It is my hope that this general overview of symptoms may assist you in dispelling the myths about MS while you explore the facts assisting you in your quest to become more informed about Multiple Sclerosis. Please remember that there are other symptoms of MS not discussed on this page. The symptoms listed above are ones in which many patients describe most commonly.

Remember to take into account, if you experience any of these symptoms to not necessarially chalk it up to being MS related. If you experience symptom listed here please talk with your health care professional about your concerns.

I hope this information will be of some help to those of you still exploring whether or not you may have symptoms that are indicative of Multiple Sclerosis. Many times the symptoms of MS may mimic that of another condition. Please go to the following literature search for more information on other diseases that mimic Multiple Sclerosis. Read the following URL:

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