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Overview

A potentially debilitating condition affecting the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) is multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Myelin, the covering that protects nerve fibers, is attacked by the immune system in multiple sclerosis (MS), which impairs brain-to-body communication. The illness may eventually result in irreversible damage or degeneration of the nerve fibers.

The location and extent of nerve fiber damage in the central nervous system determine the signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which differ greatly across people. Severe Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients may eventually lose their ability to walk or move at all. Depending on the type of MS they have, some people may go for extended periods of time without experiencing any new symptoms.

It is not possible to cure multiple sclerosis. Nonetheless, therapies exist to expedite the recuperation following episodes, alter the progression of the illness, and control indications.

Significance

Depending on where the damaged nerve fibers are located, multiple sclerosis signs and symptoms can vary significantly from person to person and during the course of the illness.

Typical signs and symptoms include of:

Usually affecting one side of the body at a time, numbness or weakness in one or more limbs

tingling

Sensations of electric shock brought on by specific neck motions, particularly bending the neck forward (Lhermitte sign)

Insufficient synchronization

shaky walking or unsteadiness in stride

partial or total blindness, generally in one eye at a time, and discomfort when moving the eyes

extended periods of double vision

blurry vision

dizziness

issues relating to bladder, bowel, and sexual function

Weary

slurred words

cognitive issues

Mood swings

When to visit a physician

If you have any of the aforementioned symptoms for no apparent cause, consult a physician.

Status of disease

The majority of MS patients experience relapsing-remitting symptoms. They go through phases of developing new symptoms or relapses over the course of days or weeks, which often end entirely or partially. Quiet periods of illness remission, lasting months or even years, occur after these relapses.

Momentary rises in body temperature have the potential to exacerbate multiple sclerosis symptoms. These are regarded as pseudorelapses rather than actual illness relapses.

Within 10 to 20 years after the start of the disease, at least 20% to 40% of people with relapsing-remitting MS may eventually experience a constant development of symptoms, with or without intervals of remission. The term “secondary-progressive MS” describes this.

Symptoms often intensify and cause issues with movement and gait. Individuals with secondary-progressive MS have a wide range of disease progression rates.

Primary-progressive MS refers to the subset of MS patients who have signs and symptoms that appear gradually and advance steadily over time without experiencing relapses.

Reasons

It is uncertain what causes multiple sclerosis. It is regarded as an immune-mediated illness, meaning that the body’s defense mechanism targets its own tissues. Myelin, the fatty material that covers and shields nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord, is destroyed in multiple sclerosis cases due to immune system malfunctions.

Myelin is comparable to the insulating layer that covers electrical cables. Messages that pass along a nerve fiber may be delayed or inhibited when the protective myelin covering it is destroyed.

Why some people acquire MS and others do not is unknown. It seems that a mix of environmental and genetic variables are at play.

Difficulties

In addition, people with multiple sclerosis may experience:

Muscle twitches or contractions

severe paralysis or weakness, usually confined to the legs

issues relating to bowel, bladder, or sexual function

Cognitive issues, such as forgetfulness or trouble finding words

Anxiety, despair, and mood swings are examples of mood disorders

Although exceedingly rare, seizures