Multiple sclerosis is one of those scary health concerns that rarely comes up in conversation. And yet, learning about and recognizing the early signs of MS is so important. This is especially true since the earliest symptoms are annoyingly easy to miss. In fact, one study cited on WebMD found that people often go an average of seven years between their first MS symptom and their diagnosis. That’s how “strange” and “subtle” they can be.
And, that’s a long time to sit around with symptoms that have a tendency to get worse with time. With MS, the body is essentially attacking itself, and it can lead to some pretty nasty symptoms. As health expert Elicia Miller says, “Multiple sclerosis involves an immune-mediated process in which an abnormal response of the body’s immune system is directed against the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.”
As a result, it’s possible to experience vision problems, muscle spams, difficulty walking, weakness, and vertigo, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It may sound scary, but there are treatments available. As Malcolm Thaler, MD, a doctor based in New York with One Medical says, “Over the past few years a whole host of medications have been developed that can prevent relapses and preserve neurologic function.” Thaler also says exercise, vitamin D supplementation, and smoking cessation can help.
While everyone experiences MS differently, treating the disease quickly is the best way to feel better — and prevent further disability. Read on for some subtle early warning signs. If anything sounds familiar, make sure you chat with your doctor ASAP.
Because of the way my symptoms started,we thought it was a pinched nerve. Then,as things progressed,we thought it had something to do with my spine. Right before i was hospitalized, we thought it had something to do with my inner ear. After more than a year of being sick, i was finally diagnosed with MS
MS can affect your balance, which can show up while you’re standing around. But it can also make you feel weird while walking down the street. Have you noticed that your gait has changed, or do you ever feel like you forget how to walk? According to WebMD, this early sign might be cause for concern.
It’s normal to feel tired at the gym, but it’s not so normal to feel weak. So if you get this way whilst sweating it out at the gym, take note. According to WebMD, the symptoms will generally go away once you cool down. But don’t let them go on ignored.