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
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.