Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, is a chronic disease of the central nervous system, for example in your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. In MS your immune system attacks the outside layer of your nerve fibers which causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of your body. In time, Multiple Sclerosis may cause permanent damage or deterioration of your nervous system. About 1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with this terrible disease and every day new cases are added. That’s why it’s so important to know (early stage) symptoms, because the sooner you recognize it, the sooner you can get treated.
Warning Signs of Multiple Sclerosis
Tingling & Numbness
MS affects the nerves in your brain and spinal cord. As a result, signals do not always reach the brain properly and your body gets confused. Sometimes the signals are blocked, resulting in numbness, which is called neuropathy. Usually, neuropathy begins in the most distant nerves, such as in the tips of your fingers/toes and the tip of your nose. The longer this is left untreated, the more nerves are affected, so that you no longer feel, for example, that you are walking, sitting, or grasping something.
Visual problems are one of the most common symptoms of MS. Some people with Multiple Sclerosis have blurred vision in one or both eyes. Others might not experience blurred vision but have double vision. Of course, poor visibility does not mean that you are suffering from MS, but this is certainly something to keep in mind. Especially, when happens out of the blue or your vision deteriorates rapidly. Make sure to contact your doctor or an optometrist to let your eyesight get checked. Continue reading on the next page for more symptoms and treatments for Multiple Sclerosis.