Multiple Sclerosis: A break down

Multiple Sclerosis, often shortened to MS, is a neurological condition that is characterised by damaged nerve fibres (myelin). Because of the importance of the nervous system in the body, this damage can cause a wide range of symptoms, and these symptoms often result in various disabilities in the patient.

How many people in the UK have MS? Approximately 100,000 people in the UK live with MS and most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. It’s known to affect nearly three times as many women as men. Let’s explore some of the warning signs of MS.

What are some of the 7 initial symptoms of MS?

Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is different from simply feeling tired – those living with MS will often fee completely and utterly exhausted and will struggle to carry out simple activities.

Problems with vision

In around 25% of MS cases, the person can experience loss of vision, colour blindness, pain in the eye, flashes or double vision.

Numbness / tingling

Various parts of the body – often the arms, legs and the trunk – will feel numb or ‘tingly’ to an individual living with MS.

Spasms, stiffness and weakness in muscles

Muscle contraction, stiffness or general weakness could be warning signs of MS.

Problems with mental health

Aside from cognitive dysfunction, those living with MS are more prone to periods of anxiety or depression (or both). Mood swings can also become apparent.

Problems with the bladder and/or bowel

Constipation is a common issue, as are many problems with passing urine, including the need to go more frequently.

General pain

One of the warning signs of MS does include experiencing pain. It can either be directly caused by the condition, or as a result of other symptoms. This can include both neuropathic and musculoskeletal pain.

Do some of these behaviours sound familiar? It can be difficult, but if you’re looking for MS home care, please call 0808 278 5702 to chat through your care options today.