Early Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

In many conditions we see, a diagnosis is often not given until symptoms have progressed to a certain point and a group of symptoms that now resemble a condition are now present. However, as Benjamin Franklin said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Therefore, being proactive with your health and seeking help before the onset of symptoms is advisable. At the very least, being able to recognise early signs and symptoms is hugely important to curb progression and seek an early intervention .

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Looking back on the blog on multiple sclerosis, some of the most common symptoms of MS are as follows;

  • Fatigue - people describe an overwhelming sense of tiredness with no obvious cause
  • Numbness and tingling  - A common type of discomfort in MS is an unpleasant, unusual sensation that appears to be in your skin, like numbness and tingling
  • Dizziness and balance issues - this can often effect walking in multiple sclerosis patients
  • Stiffness and spasms
  • Tremor -  tremor is a trembling or shaking movement. Tremors can be mild or more pronounced, causing a drink to spill when a cup is full, for example, or affecting handwriting
  • Vision problems - The most common issues with vision in MS are optic neuritis and eye movement problems. Optic neuritis is often an early symptom of multiple sclerosis, although you may have problems with your eyes at any time
  • Memory/thinking problems/brain fog  - Cognitive problems can affect people with MS, but the effects are generally mild.

With that in mind, many of these symptoms can be present due to other conditions and may progress into conditions other that Multiple Sclerosis.

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The diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is made by a combination of blood tests and MRI scans. However, a diagnosis may only be made once the condition has progressed to a certain point. Medical treatment for multiple sclerosis is medication known as disease modifying therapies (DMTs). This isn't a cure but is intended to slow progression of the condition and to allow someone to have less frequent relapses.
Other ways that you can support your health proactively are discussed in our blog (5 things to do if you are having health concerns). However consulting a specialist on key lifestyle factors such and diet, supplementation and exercise is advisable.
For more information the MS society they have some very useful information

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