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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

MS Symptoms are Variable and Unpredictable

MS Symptoms are Variable and Unpredictable

No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time. One person might experience only one or two of the possible symptoms while another person experiences many more.

Most of these symptoms can be managed very effectively with medication, rehabilitation, and other management strategies.

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“Secondary” Symptoms of MS

While the primary symptoms described on this page are the direct result of damage to the myelin and nerve fibers in the CNS, the secondary symptoms are the complications that can arise as a result of the primary symptoms.

For example:

  • Bladder dysfunction can cause repeated urinary tract infections.
  • Inactivity can result in loss of muscle tone and disuse weakness (not related to demyelination), poor postural alignment and trunk control, decreased bone density (and resulting increased risk of fracture), and shallow, inefficient breathing
  • Immobility can lead to pressure sores.

While secondary symptoms can be treated, the optimal goal is to avoid them by treating the primary symptoms.

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source: Nat'l MS Society

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