How MS Impacts the Physique

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How MS Impacts the Physique

MS impacts everybody in a different way and may affect many elements of the physique

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A number of sclerosis (MS) is a illness that impacts the central nervous system, which is made up of the mind and spinal twine. 

MS occurs when the immune system assaults the myelin sheath, the duvet that protects nerve fibers. The harm complicates communication between the mind and the remainder of the physique. Consequently, MS can have an effect on many elements of the physique.

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Harm to myelin and the nerves beneath can disrupt the mind’s capacity to ship indicators to the remainder of the physique.

About 1 in 2 folks with MS have issues with considering, referred to as cognitive issues, together with bother concentrating and poor reminiscence. 

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MS may cause irritation within the optic nerve, which connects the attention to the mind. This irritation might result in imaginative and prescient issues, together with blurred imaginative and prescient and ache with eye motion. 

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MS can harm nerves that management the muscle mass required for chewing, swallowing and talking. MS might also trigger throat numbness that makes chewing and swallowing arduous. 

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Nerve harm to chest muscle mass may cause respiratory issues.

Nerve harm may cause a symptom often known as “MS hug” (aka “girdling”), which is the sensation of a good band across the chest or ribs. 

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Muscle weak spot within the legs and arms is a standard MS symptom.

Many individuals with MS additionally get a “pins and needles” feeling or numbness of their legs and arms. 

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Bladder and Bowels

Nerve harm can result in issues with bladder and bowel management. 

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Legs and Toes 

Weak point in a single or each legs is a standard symptom that may make strolling or balancing arduous. Leg and foot ache, numbness, and tingling are widespread as nicely. 

Some folks with MS get “scorching toes” (erythromelalgia), which is when their toes really feel scorching and swollen regardless that they appear regular. 

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MS impacts everybody in a different way, and signs might be arduous to foretell. A healthcare supplier may help you resolve if remedy is an choice for managing your particular person MS signs. 

This instructional useful resource was created with assist from Novartis.

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