In 2018, actress Selma Blair announced to the world that she had been diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). This chronic and unpredictable disease of the central nervous system disrupts the flow of information from the brain to other parts of the body.
What Is Multiple Sclerosis
Commonly referred to as MS, multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that attacks the brain, spinal column, and optical nerves. The body’s autoimmune system mistakes the fatty substance that protects the nerves from a foreign invader. The damage causes the central nervous system to no longer function properly.
Warning Signs of MS
There are several symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Here are a few of the most common ones.
One of the first symptoms of MS is feeling tired. This isn’t a normal type of tiredness from stress or lack of proper sleep, it’s a complete loss of energy, even after a good night’s sleep.
Multiple sclerosis can affect the bladder. Symptoms include reduced bladder sensation and difficulty initiating urination and being unable to empty the bladder.
Bowel issues due to MS can include constipation, diarrhea, and incontinence. This could be caused by damage to the nerves that control the bowels.
Temporary and unexplained tingling sensations or numbness in the extremities is often associated with MS.
Blurred or double vision could be a sign of early MS. A possible cause could be damaged optical nerves.
Speak to a Healthcare Professional if You Experience These Symptoms
Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial as they can help to manage the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for MS. However, many of its symptoms can effectively be managed when diagnosed early. If you’re experiencing any of the MS warning signs, consult with your primary care physician.