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Recognizing the Signs of Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by Bellin Health Home Care Equipment Blogger
Multiple sclerosis has several symptoms that can help doctors make a diagnosis.

Multiple sclerosis has several symptoms that can help doctors make a diagnosis.

 

Multiple sclerosis impacts hundreds of thousands of Americans every day. In fact, there are about 200 new cases diagnosed each week in the U.S. alone. At that rate, an additional 10,000 people are diagnosed with MS each year.

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment wants to help people learn more about the effects of multiple sclerosis. But, it’s also important that people are able to easily identify the signs of the disease so they can consult with their doctor as soon as possible. In today’s blog, we’ll take you through the signs of MS so you know what to look for.

Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that causes the immune system to attack protective layer, known as myelin, that surrounds the body’s nerves. This process takes years, and cannot be reversed.

It’s important to know that multiple sclerosis can affect people of varying ages, but symptoms are most likely to start to show between the ages of 20 and 40. There are several early signs and symptoms that can be an indication of the onset of multiple sclerosis. These symptoms include:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Inability to think or concentrate
  • Loss of coordination and balance
  • Numbness or tingling, especially in the extremities

Consulting Your Doctor About Multiple Sclerosis

No person will experience these symptoms in the same way, as MS impacts each person differently. If you experience any of these symptoms, either individually or in combination, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Because most people experience a relapsing-remitting course of MS, symptoms can appear, then disappear, for weeks, months or even years. There is no cure for MS, so it’s essential to get diagnosed early so the symptoms can be managed.

Bellin Health Home Care Equipment is here to help those that have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We have mobility devices like power chairs and mobility scooters to help those with MS who may have lost some of their mobility. Contact us to learn more.

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