15 Signs And Symptoms Of Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis, commonly called MS, is described as an immune-mediated disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord, which means that it attacks the central nervous system of a person. MS causes the body’s immune system to attack Mylelin, which is described as ‘the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.’ As time progresses, the intensity of the disease also progresses, not only causing deterioration of the nerves, but causing permanent damage to the body and how it functions.
As MS progresses and continuously affects the brain, nerves and spinal cord, the person suffering can end up having ‘problems with vision, balance, muscle control, and other basic body functions.’ Every person also has a different response to the disease with some only suffering mild symptoms while others end up in a variety of highly debilitated states, losing almost all physical functions.
Unfortunately, Multiple Sclerosis is a very difficult disease to determine if someone has it or not, having a number of signs and symptoms that can easily be misconstrued for other types of diseases. And while there is no cure for MS, there are treatments and other ways to help manage the disease. If you happen to be between the ages of 20 to 40, which is the common age when MS affects someone, and you would like to know whether you or someone you know might be suffering from this debilitating disease.
Here are 15 signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis to watch out for. 

1. Numbness Or Weakness In Limbs

Source: https://www.womenshealth.gov

Since MS is a disease that affects the nerves, then numbness, tingling or otherwise weakening of the limbs tends to be one of the first symptoms. It can occur anywhere in the body, including the face, neck, arms, fingers, legs, toes or even on just one side of the body, then move to the other side. And when attempting to lift something that was never a problem before feels almost impossible a task, this could be one major sign of MS.