Multiple Sclerosis Brain
From fatigue to sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis can come with a debilitating set of symptoms of multiple sclerosis.You may know someone living with Multiple Sclerosis Brain, but do you know how they are affected by the condition?MS is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the nervous system, starting with myelin (the protein covering that protects the nerves).
When myelin and underlying nerves are damaged, a number of complications for multiple sclerosis can result.Sound confusing? Tanuja Chitnis, MD, associate neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, explains some of the more common symptoms and complications that MS patients may face.Fatigue. Many people living with multiple sclerosis suffer from fatigue. MS-based fatigue can be difficult to diagnosed for multiple sclerosis at first as many diseases also cause fatigue, but in MS, heat is known to make the problem worse. “Fatigue is a chronic symptom of MS that can be disabling, but it can be treated with medication,” Dr. Chitnis says.
Loss of Mobility and Spasticity. Multiple sclerosis can attack the part of the Multiple Sclerosis Brain that regulates motor function. This problem is what Rick Sommers, diagnosed with MS in 1994, calls “a predisposition to being clumsy” — meaning that it causes frequent stumbles and missteps and may eventually causes for Multiple sclerosis a more severe disability.”Will I end up in a wheelchair?” is still a question frequently asked by people newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and though many people living with MS will need assistance fromadaptive technologies at some point in their lives, doctors are now reporting that the outlook is better than ever. Chitnis says that currently “the goal of treatment is to prevent disability.”
Bowel and Urinary Dysfunction. “Urinary symptoms are common in people living with MS and usually involve urgency or frequency issues,” Chitnis says. Incontinence, or an involuntary loss of urine, can also appear in MS patients, not necessarily due to the direct action of multiple sclerosis but due to a combination of MS complications such as a less-active lifestyle and the side effects of medications, Chitnis says.Cognitive Issues. Problems with processing thoughts, concentration, memory, or other issues related to mental awareness or judgment are widespread among people living with MS and have been gaining more attention recently. Jeffrey Gingold, diagnosed in 1996, suffers from cognitive issues as a result of his MS. “Because it’s a mental condition,” Gingold says, of the cognitive effects of MS, “there’s more of a stigma attached.
People are reluctant to talk about it.” Still, Gingold believes this perception is gradually changing. In the past, he says, “even health care providers sometimes had a tendency to write such issues off as stress or a menopause-related problem, for women.” Now, people are taking the common cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis more seriously.