- 1 What are the worst symptoms of MS?
- 2 What does MS feel like in legs?
- 3 Can MS be misdiagnosed for something else?
- 4 Do people with MS look sick?
- 5 How long does it take for MS to disable you?
- 6 How do I know if my MS is progressing?
- 7 How can I test myself for MS?
- 8 What was your first MS symptom?
- 9 Does MS make your legs ache?
- 10 What can mimic MS on MRI?
- 11 What diseases have the same symptoms as MS?
- 12 Can you have a clear MRI and still have MS?
- 13 Which is worse MS or PD?
- 14 How do you make someone with MS feel better?
- 15 What should you not do if you have MS?
What are the worst symptoms of MS?
People with severe symptoms of MS may experience any of the following:
- pain in the muscles, nerves, and joints.
- spasms, stiffness, and muscle cramps.
- difficulty breathing.
- tremors, unsteadiness, or problems with coordination.
- numbness and tingling.
- sensory changes.
- inflammation of the lungs.
What does MS feel like in legs?
The weakness can make your legs feel heavy, as if they are being weighed down by something. They may also ache and hurt. Some people with MS describe it as like having bags of sand attached to their legs. This muscle weakness combined with MS fatigue can be upsetting.
Can MS be misdiagnosed for something else?
The misdiagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) is a problem with significant consequences for patients as well as the healthcare system. There are nearly 1 million people in the United States living with the disease. And researchers now say nearly 20 percent of them are misdiagnosed.
Do people with MS look sick?
Many people were shocked the first time they saw me after my MS diagnosis and made comments like “you look so well.” They expected me to look different or be less able- bodied due to my diagnosis. In actual fact, I look completely the same.
How long does it take for MS to disable you?
However, if MS does progress to advanced stages, a person’s quality of life can be impacted. For instance, it may become very difficult to walk, write, or speak. Although only very rarely fatal, MS can shorten a person’s life by up to 7 years.
How do I know if my MS is progressing?
A majority of people with MS have some form of bladder dysfunction, including frequent urination (especially at night) or incontinence (inability to “hold it in”). Others have constipation or lose control of their bowels. If these symptoms become frequent, that’s a sign your MS has progressed.
How can I test myself for MS?
A complete neurological exam and medical history are needed to diagnose MS. There are no specific tests for MS. Instead, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis often relies on ruling out other conditions that might produce similar signs and symptoms, known as a differential diagnosis.
What was your first MS symptom?
While some people experience fatigue and numbness, severe cases of MS can cause paralysis, vision loss, and diminished brain function. Common early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS) include: vision problems. tingling and numbness.
Does MS make your legs ache?
Neurogenic pain is the most common and distressing of the pain syndromes in MS. This pain is described as constant, boring, burning or tingling intensely. It often occurs in the legs.
What can mimic MS on MRI?
Hypoxic-ischemic vasculopathy, specially small-vessel disease, inflammatory disorders, vasculitis, and non-MS idiopathic inflammatory disorders, as well as some toxic, metabolic, and infectious disorders, may present mimicking MS on MR examinations and should be included in the differential diagnosis of MS-like lesions
What diseases have the same symptoms as MS?
These include fibromyalgia and vitamin B12 deficiency, muscular dystrophy (MD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), migraine, hypo-thyroidism, hypertension, Beçhets, Arnold-Chiari deformity, and mitochondrial disorders, although your neurologist can usually rule them out quite easily.
Can you have a clear MRI and still have MS?
MS can be present even with a normal MRI and spinal fluid test although it’s uncommon to have a completely normal MRI. Sometimes the MRI of the brain may be normal, but the MRI of the spinal cord may be abnormal and consistent with MS, so this also needs to be considered.
Which is worse MS or PD?
MS can break down the coating, called myelin, that surrounds and protects your nerves. In Parkinson’s, nerve cells in a part of your brain slowly die off. Both can start out with mild symptoms, but they get worse over time.
How do you make someone with MS feel better?
Ask how your friend is doing, then be ready to listen. Listening without judgment or interruption is one of the most helpful things you can do for any friend, including one with MS. Ask how you can help — but be honest about what you can provide, and say no if you really can’t give what your friend needs.
What should you not do if you have MS?
Avoid MS symptom triggers. Stress, lack of sleep, infection, and hot baths or anything else that can lead to overheating can cause a worsening of MS symptoms and may even trigger a relapse.