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Do I Have the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are varied and troubling -- you may feel an electric tingling that permeates your unsteady hand, or you may have trouble walking. Perhaps when you move your head a certain way, it causes something akin to the sensation of an electric shock crackling through your body. Multiple sclerosis symptoms can even manifest as speech and eyesight being affected. Of course, not everyone who has the earliest signs of MS will experience all symptoms, but everything described above could happen for people with MS. The symptoms of multiple sclerosis don't affect only one certain area of the body; they affect the body as a

whole. While there is hope through multiple sclerosis treatments, like most ailments MS has to be detected in a timely manner to be treated best.

If you are diagnosed with MS, then getting treatment to manage or stop MS flare-ups is going to be essential to your health and the quality of your life. There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but the right treatments can slow the progression of MS and help to keep symptoms under control. When MS flare-ups happen, corticosteroids can reduce nerve inflammation and alleviate most symptoms, while plasma exchange therapy can be tried if corticosteroids don't yield results. For people who have relapsing, remitting MS, various therapies can reduce the frequency of flare-ups. Some of these therapies include beta interferons, glatiramer acetate and dimethyl fumarate. Muscle relaxants can also help when MS flareups cause the muscles to spasm or become rigid. The symptoms of MS are troubling -- in addition to those above, others include widespread pain, eyesight problems and numbness in the extremities -- but people with MS do have options for symptom management.

Has your doctor ever evaluated you for possible multiple sclerosis symptoms in the past?
Has anyone in your family received treatment for multiple sclerosis?
Do you suffer from numbness or weakness in any of your arms or legs?
Multiple sclerosis symptoms most often appear in women between the ages of 20 and 40. Do you fall into this demographic?
Multiple sclerosis symptoms may include language impairment; is your speech often slurred for no apparent reason?
Do you suffer from blurred or double vision?
Do you suffer from greatly diminished eyesight in the center of your field of vision in one eye?
Do you suffer from trembling or weakness?
Do you ever have trouble walking for no apparent reason?
Do you ever feel unexplained tingling or pain, or even "electric" feelings, which are all known symptoms of multiple sclerosis?