Multiple Sclerosis Impact
Symptoms You May Experience
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) causes many symptoms that impact physical and cognitive performances.
There are two types of Multiple Sclerosis symptoms: Primary and Secondary symptoms. Primary symptoms occur due to the myelin sheath damage around the nerves. When the immune system attacks this protective sheath, the primary symptoms start to appear. Secondary symptoms are subsequent to the primary symptoms. For instance, when there is a damage in the part of the brain responsible for the urinary tract, the primary symptom is the impairment of the bladder function, leading to urine accumulation that causes the secondary symptom, which is Urinary tract infections.
Damages of Multiple Sclerosis:
- The Brain:
Difficulty to think, frequent memory loss, lack of comprehension, and possibly dizziness or shaking.
Due to MS impact in the brain, it may cause emotional change, like depression, anxiety, panic, and stress.
Vision impairment is often one of the first symptoms people with MS notice. One may have a blurry or cloudy vision, double vision, and even pain in the eyes.
People with MS are at risk of getting Osteoporosis due to lack of movement and taking steroids for medication.
- Reproductive System:
There is no direct impact on the reproductive system. On the contrary, the pregnancy period could be symptom-free. However, exacerbations may increase relatively afterbirth, especially in the first six months. Furthermore, there is no impact on fertility and childbearing. But one may have a lack of pleasure during intercourse. Probably because of nerve damage, or depression and the psychological state of the patient.
Women with MS can start a family easily, with the consultation of a neurologist and a gynecologist.
- Digestive System:
Impairments in the bowel tract, urinary tract, and the bladder are common symptoms for people with MS, and one may suffer from constipation, trouble controlling the bowels, and diarrhea.
- Muscles and Balance:
Damaging the myelin sheath that surrounds the nerves may impact the brain’s ability to send neuro signals to specific organs like the limbs. That causes people with Multiple Sclerosis to feel pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and legs. Moreover, it causes difficulty in walking and standing.