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Difficulty in diagnosing MS.

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Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 13:00:51 -0400

Recognize the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The symptoms of MS can come on very gradually. Because of this, too often these early signs are often ignored or dismissed. Many people are not diagnosed until years after their first symptoms begin to show.

Learn More about MS Causes, Symptoms, Treatments (http://www.mercboard.com/learn/symptoms/causes/ms)

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Not only does this mean that these dibilitating symptoms are going untreated for all this time, but without proper treatment these often get much worse and harder to live with.

Theres much unpredictability to how MS will progress in each person. Patients vary widely in how they experience the severity of the disease.

What Is Multiple Sclerosis? (http://www.mercboard.com/define/ms/what/is/multiple/sclerosis)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain and spinal cord. With MS, the immune system attacks and damages or destroys the myelin, a substance that surrounds and insulates the nerves, causing a distortion or interruption in nerve impulses traveling to and from the brain. This results in a wide variety of symptoms.

Learn more about Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms (http://www.mercboard.com/learn/more/ms/signs)

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Looking strictly at life expectancy, the prognosis for people with MS is encouraging. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) reports that the majority of MS patients will experience a normal (or almost normal) life span. People with MS tend to pass away from many of the same conditions that people without MS die from, including cancer and heart disease. The prognosis for longevity is good except in cases of severe MS, which is quite rare. However, MS patients must contend with other issues that can hamper their quality of life. The symptoms cause pain, discomfort, and inconvenience, even though most patients will never become severely disabled. The UMMC reports the alarming statistic that suicide rates among people with MS are higher than those in the general population. Another way of evaluating the prognosis for MS is to examine how disabilities resulting from the conditions symptoms may affect patients. According to the UMMC, around two-thirds of people
diagnosed with MS are able to walk without a wheelchair two decades after their diagnosis. Some people will need crutches or a cane to remain ambulatory, however. Others use an electric scooter or wheelchair to help them cope with fatigue or balance difficulties.
Symptoms vary because the location and severity of each attack can be different. Attacks can last for days, weeks, or months. Attacks are followed by periods of reduced or no symptoms (remissions). Fever, hot baths, sun exposure, and stress can trigger or worsen attacks. It is common for the disease to return (relapse). However, the disease may continue to get worse without periods of remission. Nerves in any part of the brain or spinal cord may be damaged. Because of this, MS symptoms can appear in many parts of the body.

Additional helpful MS info- https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/multiplesclerosis.html
Received on Tue Oct 27 2015 - 10:02:21 PDT

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