Have you recently experienced issues with your vision? Do you have trouble maintaining balance and speaking clearly? These could be signs of Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS. Seeing a doctor may help alleviate your symptoms.
What Is It?
While MS remains elusive in many ways, doctors believe it is an autoimmune disorder. The body, rather than fighting a virus, fights itself. This inward attack triggers an immune response that can cause numerous issues with vision, movement and speech, ultimately causing damage to the brain. Some doctors believe that MS is genetic. Other medical authorities assert it’s an effect of viral infection.
One of the difficult issues with MS is its broad range of symptoms. Each case is unique. Some people experience visual issues such as blurry or double vision. Others complain about loss of motor control and numbness or tingling sensation in limbs. Additionally, poor coordination, falling often or difficulty moving could be a sign of the illness.
See a doctor early. Discuss any symptoms you’ve experienced. Since MS appears differently and has a range of symptoms, the physician will likely order numerous tests to confirm the illness or rule out other issues. An MRI will show brain and spinal cord images. This is needed to detect lesions or damage. Getting an MRI might sound nerving; however, facilities often try to ease comfort as much as possible. Arrive early. Some offices will have quiet rooms or areas in which you can relax. If you have issues with confined spaces, ask the doctor to order an open mri. You will receive the same images, but it will ease your mind. Lastly, a spinal tap would examine any changes in the cord’s fluid. After reviewing the results, the doctor may determine a MS diagnosis.
Multiple Sclerosis does not need to stop your life. It cannot be cured, but you can try to control it. Through medicine, occupational therapy and diet, living a normal life may be a possibility.