Common Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Doctor checking a patient with MS

Is your vision getting blurry? Even though common early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) include: eye problems, tingling, or even numbness all over the body, experiencing these moments do not necessarily mean you have encountered this health issue.

According to doctors, this disease can cause loss of feeling in any area of the body that is linked to the damaged area of the brain or spinal cord. Numbness or tingling sensations in the fingers or toes are very common in this particular state causing disabilities. However, the feeling usually comes and goes, and can be mild or severe. Before getting any conclusions, please consult your doctor to perform the needed tests and analysis. This blog is of informative nature only and aims to highlight the possible early signs of the disease.


Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

1. Vision difficulties
Sight difficulties are not uncommon in MS. Since the optic nerve is affected, it interferes with the central vision. Consequently, you may experience blurred vision, double vision, or loss of vision.
The clear vision may not turn into blurriness right away, it may take some time to develop vision impairment. There may even be some pain when you look up or to one side. However, do not panic, there are many ways one can control MS-related vision changes.

2. The feeling of numbness and tingling
Since MS affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, it can send confusing signs all over the body. And when there are no signals, it results in numbness. These are actually some of the most common warning signs of MS. You can experience these symptoms on the face, arms, legs, and fingers.

3. Chronic spasms and pain
Unexpected muscle spasms and occasional pains are something to be expected with MS. Muscle soreness, spasms, or even pain in joints as well as uncontrollable, painful movements of the extremities where legs are most often affected is something to watch out for.

4. Tiredness and weakness
Unexplained tiredness and weakness affect about 80 percent of people with MS. Because the nerves deteriorate in the spinal column, the fatigue appears suddenly and lasts for weeks before improving.

5. Nausea, dizziness, and affected balance
Coordination issues and balance can be a real problem with the mobility of someone with MS. People with MS often feel lightheaded, dizzy, or are experiencing vertigo. This symptom often occurs when you stand up.

6. Reasoning issues
This includes damaged cognitive functions such as memory problems, shortened attention span, language problems, difficulty staying organized, depression, and other emotional health problems.

7. Additional symptoms
It is not necessary that all patients with MS will experience the symptoms from above. Along with the symptoms mentioned previously, MS can also cause hearing loss, seizures, uncontrollable shaking, breathing problems, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, and more.

Research shows a virus vaccine may be used to treat multiple sclerosis

The new vaccine technology mRNA is showing incredible results as the shots based on it show unrivaled efficacy in fighting the global virus. With a dazzling 95% efficacy in preventing the global virus in its phase 3 trial and the virus sharing some similar characteristics with other diseases, this led to a new opportunity for scientists more particular, in BioNTech: additional research discovering that this particular approach might also work in multiple sclerosis. 

The method is meant to prevent progression and successfully succeeded to do so in recent experiments with subjects showing early signs of MS. Since this is a very is a complicated disease, specific self-antigens may differ among different patients. But this vaccine offers something amazing — it suppresses T cells against other antigens in the inflamed tissue.

Will this be the "cure" of the new era? We have to wait and see how things turn out, but we are very hopeful. Things are bound to get better. The future is ahead of us, and our scientists are racing to be ahead of the future.


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