Early Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis early signs, symptoms can be in such a mild form as not to be initially detectable.
MS early symptoms and signs appear at the onset of the disease, usually between the ages of 20 and 40. MS early symptoms and signs vary in duration and severity from one individual to the other and at different times in the same individual.
The most recurrent are:
- walking difficulties
- the sensation of having a weak or numb limb
- cold or tingling feet
- facial pain (Neuralgia)
- blurred vision
Less common MS early symptoms include:
- lack of coordination
- cognitive difficulties
- slurred speech
- sudden onset of paralysis
As the disease progresses other symptoms can appear.
MS pain is the type of pain that affects the central nervous system and pain syndromes are common amongst MS patients. Almost 50% of MS patients suffer s from chronic pain. There are several types of MS pain. The main types are:
- Neuralgia, which is a stabbing pain in the face; it is usually treated with anticonvulsants.
- Dysesthesias, which is a burning, aching body pain; it is usually treated with anticonvulsants and sometimes with antidepressants which act on the nervous central system.
- Lhermitte sign, which is a brief, electric shock like sensation that runs down the spine and is caused by bending the neck forward or backward. It is controlled by means of a soft collar.
- A chronic sensation of ‘pins and needles’, which is treated similarly to acute Dysesthesias.
- Muscle spasm and cramps, which are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Back and skeleton pains, which are treated with heat, massage and physical therapy.