8 Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that interferes with the information flowing between the brain and the body. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2.3 million are living with Multiple Sclerosis today. Although Multiple Sclerosis occurs mostly in certain ethnic groups, anyone is susceptible to catching this disease. Life expectancy continues to increase with the onset of recent research and FDA approval of medications. These medications decrease the severity and the progression of the disease.

Early detection of Multiple Sclerosis is very important because it reduces the chances of long-term disability by reducing damage to brain tissue and nerve fibers. Early detection is also detected by knowing the signs and symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Although symptoms vary from person to person and can be very unpredictable there are 8 signs to watch for when suspecting Multiple Sclerosis.

1. Eye Pain

Approximately 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis will experience optic neuritis as one of their first symptoms. This condition is caused by inflammation in the optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for transmitting vision to the brain from the eye. Optic neuritis causes eye pain in the affected eye accompanied with blurred vision and temporary loss of vision.

Another visual disorder that may impair vision is nystagmus. This is an involuntary eye movement that occurs when the individual looks sideways. The third visual disorder is diplopia. When the eye muscles become weak and uncoordinated, the patient incurs double vision, and in severe cases, impaired vision. The patient can reduce double vision by wearing an eye patch and resting their eyes. You may consult a healthcare provider who may prescribe steroids to treat neuritis and nystagmus.