Impaired memory, coordination problems and lack of energy… Most of us think that these are the troubles of extreme old age.
We're compelled to dispel this myth. In fact there is a wide variety of agents (not always well-studied) that can cause the same symptoms in much younger age. One of the common examples is multiple sclerosis.
As you know, your body contains a wide net of nerves, which give your body ability to function properly. Central nervous system controls everything inside you. Nerve fibers in it are coated with myelin sheath that protects them and improves conduction of electrical signals. In the multiple sclerosis this covering becomes damaged, leading to nerve function disturbance.
Nowadays more than 400 000 Americans suffer from this disease. By the way women are twice as more likely to experience multiple sclerosis occurrence. In the majority of cases it strikes people between 20 and 60 years old.
Scientists investigate the biology of this disorder, but exact causes stay still unclear. Recent researches have shown the link between Epstein-Barr virus and increased chances of multiple sclerosis.
The other version is about certain triggers, which activate autoimmune reaction. It means that your immune system begins to attack your own cells and tissues.
The reason is also in your genes. Having close relatives with the same problem boosts your hazards.
Multiple sclerosis may evolve in different ways. After the first episode symptoms may progress gradually (progressive type). The second type is called relapse-remitting, as manifestations of disease (relapses) change over with symptomless periods (remissions).
How can you actually recognize multiple sclerosis? Symptoms are variable in different people.
We recommend you consult with your doctor if you've noticed these changes:
#1 Fatigue – it's not about your after-training tiredness. Unexplained extreme fatigue may indicate problems in spinal nerves. Patients with multiple sclerosis commonly complain of overpowering exhaustion, which deteriorates quality of their lives.
#2 Vision troubles – eyes problems can be the first symptom of this disease. Blurred vision, pain during eye motions, deterioration of color vision may be warning signs of multiple sclerosis. Sometimes people may also notice double vision or uncontrollable repetitive eye movements.
#3 Numbness, soreness and tingling – as myelin sheath gets injured, electric signals can be mistakenly sent to different body areas, or not conducted at all. As it occurs, painful sensations, tingle, numbness and muscle spasms may develop in the legs, arms, trunk and face.
#4 Loss of balance – problems with coordination and dizziness are common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. How frequently do you experience tremor in your limbs? It's worth to appeal with your doctor, if tremble is not only through excitement or anxiety.
#5 Mental health problems – it's naturally for us to have bad mood now and then or to forget about birthday of ex-classmate. The problem is if you feel depressed for a long time without any serious reason or lose yourself in familiar places. Multiple sclerosis sufferers often have slurred speech or aren't able to understand simple written or said words.
Other common symptoms of multiple sclerosis include bowel problems, bladder dysfunction, sexual troubles and impaired hearing
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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