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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms confused with seizures due to sudden onset

Multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms confused with seizures due to sudden onset  Multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms can be confused with seizures due to its sudden onset. Paroxysmal symptoms are unique to multiple sclerosis (MS) and involve unusual sensations or muscular contractions. The main differences between multiple sclerosis paroxysmal symptoms and epileptic seizures are that paroxysmal symptoms do not cause short-circuiting of brain waves and do not have other features in the brain, such as epileptic seizures.
Paroxysmal symptoms can be sudden but are short lasting, and if symptoms last for several days, it could be due to exacerbation or relapse. There are many conditions and symptoms that can trigger paroxysmal symptoms, including fatigue, change in temperature, emotional changes, or a sudden change in body position.

Types of paroxysmal symptoms in MS

Many symptoms of multiple sclerosis can appear and disappear. Here are the most common ones:
  • Types of paroxysmal symptoms in MSDiplopia: double vision caused by weakness in muscles that control the eyes
  • Paresthesia: abnormal sensations described as burning, tingling, prickling, itching, numbness or pins and needles
  • Trigeminal neuralgia: intense pain occurring in the lower part of the face
  • Ataxia: unsteadiness or lack of coordination
  • Dysarthria: speech disorder where pronunciation is unclear, even when the meaning of what is said is correct
  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Pruritus: severe itchiness
  • Akinesia: being unable to move
  • Seizures
  • Dystonia: impaired or disordered muscle tone that slows movement or extended muscle spasm
These symptoms typically do not last long, but in the moment they can become quite severe. Unfortunately, paroxysmal symptoms can reoccur or happen several times throughout the day. Medications can be prescribed in order to control them.

Paroxysmal symptoms not to be confused with MS seizures

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