MS Types

Identifying the strains of Tumefactive MS, Multiple Sclerosis

Tumefactive MS or Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis is a rare form of Multiple Sclerosis, which forms lesions in the cerebral hemisphere, which are greater than 2 cm in size. Its characteristics can mimic other diseases and can lead to a faulty diagnosis. In most cases, it might require a brain biopsy or an MRI scan to make an accurate diagnosis.

 

Treatment for Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis

 

Tumefactive MS or Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis is a rare type of Multiple Sclerosis. Treatment includes immunomodulatory therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and prescribed drugs. All of these treatment methods help managing the symptoms in an efficient manner.

The cause of Tumefactive MS or Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis is unknown, but it is believed to be triggered by multiple factors such as genetic disposition, hereditary factors and environmental factors. When diagnosed with Tumefactive MS or Tumefactive Multiple Sclerosis, it is highly recommended to start the prescribed …


Demyelination Disorders and Nerve Demyelination

The terms demyelination disorders and nerve demyelination are often used to describe the symptoms that occur from loss of myelin, a protective sheath around the nerves. The body’s immune system attacks the myelin and starts destroying it. This loss can cause a reduction or complete loss of electrical signals from the brain to the nerves in question, and in some cases the nerves wither away completely.

 

Effects and symptoms of Nerve Demyelination

 

The symptoms arising from nerve demyelination are loss of sensitivity, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, problems in speech, visual problems, difficulty in coordination and balance, bladder and bowel difficulties and cognitive difficulties of varying degrees. This may affect a patient psychologically, as normal everyday tasks become very difficult. They could also be overwhelmed with a sense of helplessness, because of the inability to have control over mental tasks. Some patients slip into a depression and …


What is Trigeminal neuralgia multiple sclerosis, MS

Trigeminal neuralgia multiple sclerosis or trigeminal neuralgia MS is characterized by sudden attacks of pain in the facial region. They can be triggered by a number of factors such as touching and chewing. Sometimes even brushing of the teeth can trigger an attack. The pain is focused in the areas where the trigeminal nerve is located; these include the jaw, teeth, gums, lips and the area around the eyes and forehead. Due to the damage that can be caused in multiple sclerosis patients’ trigeminal neuralgia is a common complaint.

 

Diagnoses for trigeminal neuralgia MS

 

The main problem with trigeminal neuralgia multiple sclerosis or trigeminal neuralgia ms is that it can be easily mistaken for migraines or dental issues. The pain can fluctuate from mild to severe and can feel like aching or burning sensation. This is unlike common neuralgia that presents itself as sharp burst of pain in …


Spinal cord and Ischemic demyelination

Spinal cord and ischemic demyelination is caused due the disruption of blood flow from the cerebrum. Spinal cord demyelination and Ischemic demyelination may cause a sudden dimming of vision, slurred speech and mental confusion. Some people may have a lingering feeling that something odd has happened to the body. Symptoms often vary from person to person and depend to a large extent on the area of the brain involved. Usually, these symptoms subside within a few minutes or in 24 hours. However, a brief brain injury may still occur. It is also a risk factor for a stroke. In fact, an Ischemic demyelination is also known as a mini stroke. While spinal cord demyelination results in the loss of signal between the brain and the nerves, Ischemic demyelination leads to a loss of blood flow to the brain.

 

Ischemic demyelination

 

The most common cause for an Ischemic demyelination …


Tumefactive and Pontine Demyelination

Multiple Sclerosis causes lesions to form in the affected part of the body. Tumefactive demyelination and pontine demyelination are types of these lesions.

 

Tumefactive Demyelination

 

These are lesions of more than 2 cm in size with the presence of mass effect, edema or ring enhancement. The characteristics of Tumefactive Demyelination can mimic other diseases and can even lead to wrong diagnosis. Often, it requires a brain biopsy to arrive at the right diagnosis.

 

Pontine Demyelination

 

Neurological diseases are caused by damaged myelin that covers the brain stem, usually the area known as the pons is referred to as Pontine Demyelination. Paralysis and difficulty in chewing are two common symptoms of this condition.

ATumefactive Demyelination that is more than 2 cm in size can have a very adverse effect on the patient, depending upon its location. This condition becomes critical when it’s compounded with Pontine Demyelination.

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Treatment for demyelination

Demyelination is a disorder which is degenerative in nature and originates in the nerves. The treatment for demyelination is based on the symptoms and the affected nerves. Demyelination occurs when myelin, a protective covering over the nerves is attacked by the body’s immune system. When myelin is destroyed, it causes multiple sclerosis. There are several treatments available, which can ease the symptoms arising from multiple sclerosis, besides arresting any further damage to the nerves. These range from drugs to holistic methods, like massage therapy, yoga and meditation.

 

Various treatments for demyelination

 

Treatment for demyelination includes proper nutrition, steroids, plasma exchange, bone marrow transplants, immunotherapy, physical therapies, protein antigens and medication. These could include antidepressants and anticonvulsants for spastic behavior.

The damage that has already occurred to nerves cannot be reversed. The present treatment for demyelination is aimed at preventing further demyelination and subsequent damage to nerves, along with …


Types of Demyelination Treatment

The main demyelination treatment that is being employed is corticosteroid injections which are a type of hormone steroids. This can either be prescribed on its own or in conjunction with other immunosuppressant drugs. Other options include plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin therapy, or IVIG for short. Some physiotherapy can help reduce the rate of muscle weakness, in some cases it can help to re-strengthen affected areas as well as minimize the distortion of the joints.

Other demyelination treatments for both CIDP and MS sufferers include bone marrow transplants, protein antigens and good nutrition as well as anticonvulsant drugs.

Demyelination occurs not only with MS but also in a number of other diseases such as CIDP, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease and Guillain-Barré syndrome.

 

Demyelination Treatment

 

Demyelination itself is damage done to the fatty covering, or substance that encases nerve endings. It can strike anyone at any time, …


White Matter Demyelination and Foci of Demyelination

The terms white matter demyelination and foci of demyelination refers to the lesions that are formed due to Multiple Sclerosis.

 

What causes white matter demyelination?

 

The nerves in our body are covered with a protective coating known as myelin. When the myelin gets damaged it causes white matter demyelination and foci of demyelination. The primary function of myelin is to pass the signals from the brain to the nerves. For reasons that are yet unknown, the immune system of the body sometimes turns itself on and attacks the myelin. When the myelin is damaged or destroyed, it can no longer pass the signals from the brain to the nerves. It does make an attempt to heal itself, but invariably fails to connect with the right mass of muscles. This is known as white matter demyelination. When this occurs, it causes the nerve to eventually wither away. This is …


What is MS demyelination?

MS Demyelination is the medical word for the loss of myelin; this substance is responsible for coating and insulating the nerve endings in various areas of the body such as brainstem, spinal cord and the back of the eyes.

When this wears away or is damaged, as in ms demyelination, the nerves cannot function properly and this leads to scarring, which is also known as sclerosis. Signals passed along a damaged nerve will take longer to reach their destination, even when the area has healed and remyelination has occurred. An area that has been affected and has scarring is usually referred to as having either lesions or plaques.

 

What are the main symptoms of ms demyelination?

 

If the onset of MS demyelination is slow, then it may not be obvious what is happening but some of the most common symptoms of the disease are as follows:

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How to define demyelination and segmental demyelination

It’s important to know how to define Demyelination in order to get an in-depth understanding of Segmental Demyelination.  Demyelination is a condition or disease where the immune system attacks the nervous system, damage is done to the protective substance over the nerves known as myelin and this impairs the transfer of signals across the nerve.  Many functions can be affected, such as sensation, mobility, balance and cognitive functions.

Segmental Demyelination is basically the same as normal demyelination, but may occur in a variety of patients other than MS sufferers. People with diabetes and Crabbe’s disease can also display signs of segmental demyelination.

 

Symptoms of segmental demyelination

 

The main symptoms that are displayed when any form of demyelination occurs are as follows:

Visual – Blurred vision, usually in the central field of view and or double vision, which affects only one of the eyes. Pain may also be felt …


RRMS multiple sclerosis, MS

There are various types of multiple sclerosis and each one has different characteristics, RRMS multiple sclerosis or RRMS MS is the most commonly diagnosed type with around 85% of people having this version of the disease.

This type of MS is known as relapsing and remitting; in these cases the symptoms come and go in bouts, and the period of time between attacks can be weeks or even years. The relapse phase is when a new or old symptom presents itself for a period of at least 24 hours. A relapse will usually start relatively quickly over the course of a few hours or days, and in general will last for around four to six weeks, however it could be as short as a few days or as long as a few months. In most cases people will recover from it, but from time to time some problems will remain, …


What triggers Peripheral and Cerebral Demyelination

Peripheral demyelination and Cerebral demyelination are two of the advanced effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a condition where myelin, the protective coating over nerves, gets damaged and is unable to pass on signals from the brain to the nerves. It is unable to increase or aid the speed of impulses along the sheath to the nerves. Another function of myelin that gets impacted is the prevention of electrical current from leaving the axon. When the myelin sheath is damaged, it does not regenerate perfectly. It may do so mildly, but often without finding the correct muscle mass. At the same time some neurons die without re-growth. This process is known as cerebral demyelination. Damage can range from slight peripheral demyelination to severe damage in the central nervous system. When this occurs, signals along the nerve are severely impaired or lost and cause the nerve to wither away.  This …


Demyelination definition and Demyelination of nerves

A cursory look at the information available under demyelination definition and demyelination of nerves clearly indicates that it’s a disease where the myelin sheath that covers the neurons is damaged. This impairs the conduction of signals from the brain to the nerves. The term demyelination of nerves indicates the effects of the disease, rather than the cause. Some demyelinating diseases are caused by genetic factors, while others are caused by infectious agents found in the environment. Strangely most of the cases are found in northern Europe in the colder regions, indicating a lack of vitamin D as a major external cause. One of the diseases that fall under the demyelination definition is Multiple Sclerosis, which is essentially damage to myelin. It causes an impairment of sensation, movement, bladder and bowel movement, fatigue, sensory perception and dizziness, depending on the level of damage and the nerves that have been affected.

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All about Focal or Periventricular demyelination

Multiple Sclerosis is a nervous disorder caused by the damage to myelin, the protective covering over a nerve. One of its symptoms is Focal or Periventricular demyelination. The primary function of myelin is to transmit messages from the brain to the nerves. When myelin is damaged, it cannot transmit the messages. This eventually results in the withering of the nerve. The first organ to be affected are normally the eyes. The patient will get double vision and would experience excruciating pain while rotating the eye balls. Other symptoms include spells of dizziness, feeling of numbness in the arms and torso, fatigue, impaired balance and dysfunctional bladder, bowel and sexual organs. The symptoms and intensity of discomfort and pain usually vary from case to case.

 

What is Focal or Periventricular demyelination?

 

White matter abnormalities or lesions can be detected in the eye of a person afflicted with Focal …


Multiple scars

Multiple scars is more commonly known as MS and it is an inflammatory disease of the fatty substance known as myelin, which acts as a protective sheath around nerve endings in the spinal cord, brain and at the rear of the eyes. When inflammation occurs, damage is done to the myelin and this is known as demyelination; this in turn causes scars to appear in that area.

As with any scar tissue, it is generally thicker and not as receptive to stimuli, hence signals cannot pass across the nerve as effectively as they once used to. MS refers to a multiple sites of damage or multiple scars, in fact sclerosis actually means scar. In MS a new attack may appear in the same area as before, or it may move onto a new area and create a new set of scars.

The most common form of multiple scars is relapsing …


Multiple Sclerosis, MS, Subtypes

There are several MS Subtypes. A person diagnosed with MS may have any one of them. Multiple Sclerosis Subtypes or MS Subtypes can be categorized depending on their progression, as well as the progression and intensity of the symptoms generated.

The first type of Multiple Sclerosis is the most common one and is known as relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis. This type of the autoimmune disorder accounts for more than 80% of all Multiple Sclerosis cases. It is characterized by phases of symptomatic remission followed by phases of relapse that may also include intensification of symptoms. The duration of relapse and remission may vary from patient to patient and may last anywhere from weeks to years. The second subtype is known as primary-progressive Multiple Sclerosis and accounts for about 20% of all Multiple Sclerosis cases. It is characterized by gradual progression of the disease with very brief phases of remission. The third …


Pediatric MS, Multiple Sclerosis

In recent years many cases of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis or Pediatric MS have been diagnosed. Out of all the MS patients, around 2 – 5% is below the age of 16. As a result more research is being done to understand the difference between pediatric multiple sclerosis, or pediatric MS and the adult version.

 

Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Types

 

In general children are more likely than adults to have a relapsing form of the disease, which is characterised by flares up and then a complete recovery. There are four main types of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis or Pediatric MS, although it may not be clear immediately which the patient is suffering from.

Benign – Refers to an initial attack that leads to the diagnoses of MS with no further activity, but this does not mean the disease will remain dormant indefinitely. Relapses could occur over time, followed by a complete …


Clinically isolated syndrome or CIS

Sclerosis means scarring; in MS it is in multiple places, but in clinically isolated syndrome or CIS MS it is in one area. The scarring, known as demyelination, is damage to the myelin sheath which is a protective fatty substance that surrounds and protects nerve cells within the spinal cord and brain.

 

Symptoms of Clinically isolated syndrome or CIS

 

In most cases clinically isolated syndrome symptoms occur in one of the three main areas and these are the spinal cord, known as transverse myelitis, optic nerve, known as optic neuritis and the brainstem known as brainstem syndrome.

Spinal Cord – This occurs when scarring happens on both sides of the spinal cord, onset can be very sudden and appear within a few hours or more gradually over a couple of weeks. Symptoms depend on which part of the spinal cord is affected; however, common symptoms include muscle weakness, …


Cause of Disseminated Sclerosis

The primary function of myelin is to transfer signals from the brain to the skull. When Disseminated Sclerosis sets in, it is unable to do this function. It is also known as MS or Multiple Sclerosis. Myelin forms a protective layer around the nerves. For reasons that are as yet unknown to medical science, the body’s immune system turns on itself and attacks the myelin. This results in the myelin getting damaged. When this damage occurs, it causes a disruption in the signals from the brain. Depending on the extent of the damage, the signals may be lost partially or completely from reaching the nerves. Over time, the nerves get damaged and wither away. This condition results in many symptoms and the patient may suffer from one or several of them.

 

Symptoms of Disseminated Sclerosis

 

Some of the symptoms are visual blurring or double vision, speech impairment, fatigue, …


What is Demyelination

Myelin is a protective sheath that insulates nerve endings, therefore the answer to what is demyelination is simple it is the loss or damage to the myelin. This can occur for a number of reasons and are usually connected to one form of autoimmune disease or another. MS is by far the most common but other illnesses include transverse myelitis, Charcot Marie tooth and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

 

Symptoms of Demyelination

 

Symptoms of demyelinaton generally remain the same across the board and will usually encompass at least one or two of the following at any one time. Blurred or double vision can occur and pain when moving the eye is also a common complaint. Tingling or a strange sensation of numbness is another very common complaint and this is usually located in the arms, legs and chest area and in some cases the face too. General muscle weakness and loss …


Malignant Multiple Sclerosis, MS

There is no one set of symptoms for people afflicted with Malignant MS or Malignant Multiple sclerosis. The disease develops differently for each person. On a broad platform, it can be classified into early symptoms and later symptoms. The common early symptoms include loss of balance, weakness in one or more limbs, tingling sensation, numbness and blurred or double vision. Not so common symptoms include slurred speech, cognitive difficulties, and sudden onset of paralysis and lack of coordination. As the disease progresses, a patient may also experience sensitivity to heat, muscle spasms, fatigue, changes to one’s perception and sexual disturbances. Other symptoms to watch out for include painful eye movements, known as optic neuritis. It is one of the earliest symptoms of Malignant MS or Malignant Multiple Sclerosis. A change in personality, loss of strength in limbs or respiratory difficulties should also be evaluated immediately as these could often …


Brainstem demyelination or Optic nerve demyelination

Brainstem demyelination or Optic nerve demyelination is a condition which is known to affect the eye of a patient afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. A significant number of people affected by MS suffer severely from Brainstem demyelination or Optic nerve demyelination, while nearly half of all patients confront it in a milder form during the course of the illness. Patients complain of diminished colour vision, visual acuity and pain exacerbated by eye movement. The symptoms tend to increase over a period of several hours to 10 days. Recovery begins within one month of the onset. Haemorrhages are usually rare and should be investigated to rule out other infections. Patients with Multiple Sclerosis may have asymptomatic involvement of the optic nerves which may occur frequently.

 

Detection of Brainstem demyelination

 

This is one of the most common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. The diagnosis of Brainstem demyelination or Optic nerve demyelination acts …


Fulminant MS

Marburg Multiple Sclerosis, also known as Fulminant MS, is a deadly variant of multiple sclerosis which was first named by the Austrian neurologist Otto Marburg. It is often termed malignant and leads to a significant level of disability in less than 5 years from the first symptom.

 

Level of malignancy in Fulminant Multiple Sclerosis

 

This is a very dangerous form of MS. The disease is very aggressive and relentlessly advances at a very rapid pace. It invariably leads to disability and death if not treated promptly. It tends to strike in younger people and is usually preceded by fever. The term Fulminant is a carry-over from the times when disease modifying therapy was practiced. The good news is that it is very rare and people affected by this respond well to treatment.

 

Diagnosis of Fulminant MS

 

Fulminant MS can be diagnosed through an MRI scan …


Demyelination cure

A demyelinating disease is referred to as any condition which results in damage to the protective covering of nerves of the brain and spinal cord. Demyelination cure relates to any treatment to alleviate this condition.

 

What is a demyelinating disease?

 

A demyelinating disease originates in the brain and is often degenerative. The demyelinating process is the gradual wearing away of the myelin sheath that covers and protects the nerves. This results in a lack of communication between the nerves and the brain, eventually leading to a shutdown. It begins with the neuromuscular system and gradually progresses to the heart and respiratory system. It is also referred to as multiple sclerosis.

 

Information on Demyelination cure

 

There is no demyelination cure at present. These diseases have a wide variety of signs and symptoms and are different for every patient. So much so that all patients suffering from this …


Galloping MS

Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord and prevents them from communicating with each other. Galloping MS, also known as Progressive MS is one of the subtypes of MS. A quarter of the people affected by MS are affected by this variant.

 

What is Galloping MS

 

There are no specific symptoms of MS. In fact it has a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms. Its onset is usually at an early age and women are more prone to this disease. Due to reasons that have not been identified by researchers as yet, the body’s immune system attacks and damages the protective covering of the nerves called myelin. Once the myelin is damaged, it can no longer effectively send or receive signals from the brain. The cause still remains unknown. Research shows that it could be because of …


What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Trigeminal Neuralgia?

There are many different symptoms that can occur with multiple sclerosis, some of them rarer than others.  A rarer symptom that can occur in the disease is multiple sclerosis trigeminal neuralgia, which is sudden and severe face pain.  MS trigeminal neuralgia is caused by the process of demyelination going on in the body.  Demyelination is when the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves gets damaged.  Trigeminal neuralgia is also caused by the lesions that form on the brain and spinal cord in the multiple sclerosis.  Trigeminal neuralgia is about 400 times more likely to occur in someone with multiple sclerosis, but it can appear in someone without the disease as well.

Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by the sudden onset of pain in the lower facial area, typically around the cheeks, jaw, lips, and mouth.  In rare cases, it can extend up to the forehead and around the eyes.  The pain …


What Is Demyelination Multiple Sclerosis and What Are The Causes of Demyelination?

In multiple sclerosis, demyelination occurs in the body.  Demyelination multiple sclerosis includes damage to the neurons of nerves in the central nervous system, causing disruptions in the reactions and responses of the nervous system.  There can be many different causes of demyelination relating to multiple sclerosis, and depending on the cause, the symptoms experienced could be different.  Demyelination can be caused or started by a previous infection, exposure to certain chemicals or medications, or it can be spontaneous.  In multiple sclerosis, demyelination can come on very suddenly, and the way it progresses can vary greatly depending on the type of multiple sclerosis, the current treatment plan, and more.

Demyelination is the process of the destruction of the myelin sheath surrounding nerves.  It can cause a wide variety of symptoms in people with multiple sclerosis.  Some of these include muscle weakness, eyesight problems, incontinence, vertigo, and tingling or numbness in the …


How To Know When An Acute MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Attack Is Occurring

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease with many different features.  It has many different symptoms, and it comes in many forms, such as an acute MS attack.  Acute multiple sclerosis is when a person is suffering from a specific symptom or a specific set of symptoms.  This means they are not in a state of remission.  This acute set of symptoms can cause a lot of problems in a person’s life, and it can seriously disrupt their daily routine.  A person with multiple sclerosis may be in a period of remission for months or even years when they are suddenly struck with an acute multiple sclerosis attack that leaves them very disabled and unable to work or care for themselves.

Attacks can come on very suddenly, or there can be some warning signs involved.  Symptoms tend to crop up before they get progressively worse, and this can signal to someone …


What Is PPMS MS (Multiple Sclerosis)?

There are four main types of multiple sclerosis, and one of them is PPMS MS.  This stands for primary-progressive multiple sclerosis.  PPMS multiple sclerosis typically follows the first stage of multiple sclerosis, which is the relapsing-remitting type.  In the relapsing-remitting type, a person will have periods of multiple sclerosis with no symptoms.  When they move into the primary-progressive type, there are less and less periods of remission.  The multiple sclerosis is almost always active in the body, and the person experiences many different symptoms on a regular basis.  This type of multiple sclerosis usually requires ongoing, aggressive treatment to keep it in check and to keep it from being more disabling.

Primary-progressive multiple sclerosis, or PPMS MS, can be a disheartening diagnosis for many people.  However, it is important not to lose hope.  Many treatments are very effective at slowing down the progression of multiple sclerosis, allowing people to …


Seeing Demyelination on MRI

Demyelination is something that occurs in several different diseases.  It is important for medical professionals and patients to know that seeing demyelination on MRI scans is the only way to properly identify it and see what parts of the body it is affecting.  This is the best way to tell what the severity of the demyelination is, what the demyelination could be caused by, and what disease the demyelination could be related to.  Demyelination is often seen in patients with multiple sclerosis, and it will be present in their central nervous system and spinal cord.

An MRI will typically be ordered if anyone is experiencing neurological symptoms that could be related to demyelination.  Since medical professionals can only see demyelination on MRI, it is the most widely used test, both with and without contrast.  Symptoms that may lead to an MRI scan include loss of balance, muscle weakness, cognitive difficulties, …


CNS Demyelination and Spinal Demyelination In Multiple Sclerosis

In the chronic neurological disease multiple sclerosis, CNS demyelination occurs.  This is demyelination in the central nervous system.  It is usually accompanied by spinal demyelination as well, meaning nerves in the spinal cord are also affected by the demyelination process.  Demyelination is when the myelin sheath on nerves is damaged due to the disease multiple sclerosis.  It occurs in other diseases as well.  While in other diseases demyelination can affect other nerves or nervous systems, in multiple sclerosis, the central nervous system and spinal cord are affected.  This makes the symptoms very widespread and hard to treat effectively.

When the central nervous system and the spinal cord are damaged, there tends to be effects on the entire body.  The brain will also be affected by the damage.  Some of the symptoms may be loss of eyesight, loss of balance, tingling or stinging sensations in the extremities or the face, temperature …


Characteristics of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Secondary Progressive Form

One of the four types of MS includes the MS secondary progressive form.  The Multiple Sclerosis secondary progressive form is the stage that typically follows the relapsing-remitting stage.  This type of multiple sclerosis is found in most people who have been initially diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS.  The secondary progressive stage can begin between five and twenty years into the disease, the average being around ten years.  It is characterized by progressive worsening of classic MS symptoms, such as numbness and tingling, muscle weakness, and cognitive problems.  In this stage of multiple sclerosis, certain types of treatments are no longer as effective.  This can include medications such as Copaxone, Rebif, Avonex, and Betaseron.  At this point in the disease, medications can be switched around in order to find the one that will be most effective at treatment.

Rather than having cycles of remission and relapse, the MS secondary progressive form tends …


What Is Acute Demyelination?

Demyelination is found in many different diseases, the most common one being the neurological disease multiple sclerosis.  Acute demyelination refers to a condition that is similar to multiple sclerosis, and can sometimes be considered a precursor to the disease.  Acute demyelination can follow being infected with a virus, bacteria, or a parasite.  Vaccinations can also lead to a case of acute demyelination.  It can also occur spontaneously.  Symptoms typically include fever, headache, drowsiness or fatigue, and seizures.  Symptoms typically occur a few weeks after an infection, and they will get progressive worse over a couple of days.

In this type of demyelination, an MRI scan of the brain or spinal cord will show lesions, similar to that of multiple sclerosis.  However, with treatment, acute demyelination can go away in a matter of months.  It can leave some permanent disability, but other people will fully recover.  It is most commonly found …


What Is Detrusor Sphincter Dyssynergia and What Causes It?

If someone has experienced an injury to their spinal cord or if they have a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, they may also experience detrusor sphincter dyssynergia as well.  This condition involves a problem with the central nervous system that affects the bladder and urinary tract.  Symptoms of this problem typically include frequent urinary tract and bladder infections, constipation, and incontinence during both daytime and nighttime.  This condition can be painful, as it can be difficult to urinate and urinary retention can occur.

Detrusor sphincter dyssynergia occurs in someone who has had enough trauma to their nervous system to keep it from having the right reflexes and the ability to make the proper connections in the body.  People in the later stages of multiple sclerosis will often suffer from this condition due to their nervous system getting more and more damaged over the course of the disease.  More than 80% of …


Schilder’s Disease – A Multiple Sclerosis Variant

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disorder that has many different types and sub-types.  Schilder’s disease is a sub-type of multiple sclerosis that begins in childhood.  It is considered a variant of multiple sclerosis or a multiple sclerosis borderline disease, and it typically follows the same symptoms and treatment plan as MS.  Schilder’s disease is a very rare form of multiple sclerosis.   It typically occurs in children between the ages of five and fourteen, making it sometimes hard to diagnose.  The diagnosis is usually based on an MRI scan, which will show lesions in the brain or spinal cord.  There may not be many lesions present when the disease starts, which can be different from other types of multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms of this variant of multiple sclerosis include headache, vomiting, muscle weakness, incontinence, seizures, and dementia.  Many of the symptoms have the same presentation as in other types of multiple sclerosis.  …


What Is Demyelination Syndrome?

Many different diseases will include a form of demyelination syndrome, which occurs when the myelin sheath on neurons in certain nerves is damaged.  It can be found in diseases like multiple sclerosis, which is in the central nervous system, and also in diseases that affect the peripheral nervous system, such as Guillian-Barre syndrome.  The term demyelination syndrome describes the effects of the condition on the human body, such as the symptoms and results.   The condition can be called demyelination syndrome regardless of what disease it is found in.

Demyelination syndrome can be caused by genetics, some certain viral or bacterial infections, chemicals such as insecticides or pesticides, a certain prescription medication, autoimmune reactions by the body, and other unknown causes.  The syndrome is not completely understood by medical professionals, and some people may experience demyelination syndrome without any known causes.  The cause of the demyelination syndrome can also be …


Various Symptoms of Demyelination and Demyelination Causes

Demyelination occurs when the myelin sheath surrounding nerves becomes damaged due to disease.  Symptoms of demyelination can vary depending on the disease.  Demyelination causes can also depend on the patient’s background and the disease they are diagnosed with.  Symptoms tend to be based on the nerves that are affected and damaged in the body, whether it is in the central nervous system or the peripheral nervous system.  Demyelination is found in many different chronic diseases, including multiple sclerosis, Guillian-Barre syndrome, and transverse myelitis.  Symptoms, treatment, and remission outcomes will vary depending on the disease or condition the demyelination is caused by.

Common symptoms of demyelination can include blurriness or double vision, incontinence, difficultly with balance, fatigue, temperature sensitivity, tingling and numbness in the extremities or face, muscle weakness, and memory loss.  The symptoms will depend on which nerves are affected with demyelination, and what disease the demyelination is attributed to.  …


Demyelination Process and Demyelination of Brain in MS

Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that includes demyelination as one of its symptoms and associated conditions.  The demyelination process is similar to other neurological diseases, but the demyelination of brain nerves occurs more often in multiple sclerosis.  This is because the demyelination in multiple sclerosis occurs in the central nervous system, affecting nerves that send signals to the brain.

Demyelination occurs when the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects nerves gets damaged.  This occurs in many different neurological diseases, including multiple sclerosis.  The onset can come after an infection, such as post viral demyelination, exposure to certain chemicals, or for unknown reasons.  It can cause a variety of symptoms, from loss of feeling in the extremities and the face, muscle weakness, tingling or stinging sensations, loss of balance, fatigue, vision problems, cognitive problems, and even incontinence issues.

Issues with myelin and the nerves are not shown on an X-ray …


Symptoms That Fibromyalgia and MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Have In Common

Fibromyalgia and MS are both chronic disease that have very similar symptoms.  Some people may see a doctor who is specialized in both  fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis who is still unclear about the diagnosis.  That is why there are many different tests that must be conducted in order to figure out which disease is causing the symptoms, or if it is even a combination of both disorders.

These two disabling diseases have many symptoms in common.  Some of these include fatigue, memory loss or confusion, pain, and numbness.  These symptoms can vary from being mild to being very severe in both conditions.  It is important for people experiencing any of these symptoms to see a medical professional as soon as possible.  Getting a diagnosis can be a long process, and it is important to get started as soon as possible so that treatment can begin to reduce symptoms and increase …


Knowing What CIS MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Is

CIS multiple sclerosis stands for Clinically Isolated Syndrome.  CIS MS is a type of episode that can occur in the progression of the disease.  Clinically Isolated Syndrome is something that typically occurs before a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis has been made.  It is the first episode that people have of neurological symptoms relating to the nervous system.  Some people consider it to be a precursor to a MS diagnosis.  However, it is important to keep in mind that this is not always the case.

There are two types of Clinically Isolated Syndrome: Monofocal and Multifocal.  A Monofocal episode will only have one specific symptom that occurs.  In a Multifocal episode, a person can experience several different neurological symptoms.  Both types of episodes must last at least 24 hours to be considered Clinically Isolated Syndrome.

Clinically Isolated Syndrome is caused by inflammation or demyelination in the central nervous system.  It can …


Using The MS (Multiple Sclerosis) NHS To Get Treatment

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service is available to everyone.  People can use the MS NHS to get certain types of treatment.  Multiple sclerosis NHS is available to anyone who has received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis from a certified medical professional.  The National Health Service can help people who have medical problems such as multiple sclerosis and do not have access to other medical insurance.  The NHS can help to make treatments and medications more affordable for those people who need financial assistance for their medical care.  They also have support systems in place for people who have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or for their families and loved ones.

Unfortunately, getting the right treatment from the National Health Service can be difficult.  People with multiple sclerosis must demonstrate a need for the medication, or they may be denied.  It is important to keep copies of all …


Learning What Benign MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Is

There are four major types of multiple sclerosis, but there are also various sub-types of MS.  Benign MS is one of these sub-types that falls under the relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis category.  Benign multiple sclerosis is characterized by having very few relapsing.  The word ‘benign’ is a little misleading, because the disease is still present in the body and there may be some symptoms that crop up.  However, in benign MS, people are usually in a state of remission where they do not experience debilitating symptoms.  This is usually a first stage of multiple sclerosis.  Most people who are initially diagnosed with benign MS under the relapsing-remitting type will go on to have a more progressive and active form of the disease.

If a person with benign MS does not experience many symptoms, they may not need a lot of medication treatment.  However, it is important to remember that they will …


What Does Venous Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Mean?

Venous multiple sclerosis is currently something that is being studied and researched.  Venous MS is being considered as a possible cause of the disease, or at least something that contributes to its severity.  This research could contribute to new medications and treatments that could help people with multiple sclerosis.  It could even lead researchers to finding a cure for the disease.

The hypothesis behind venous multiple sclerosis is that the veins in the body, particularly the ones providing blood flow from the brain to the heart and back, are narrowed and sometimes even completely blocked.  Other veins that could be affected include the spinal cord veins and jugular veins.  This has been found in many different patients with multiple sclerosis, meaning it can be a condition or symptom of the disease.

The problems that are caused from the vein shrinkage can include inflammation, lesions, and decreased drainage.  These symptoms can …


What Is Marburg MS (Multiple Sclerosis)?

There are four different main types of multiple sclerosis, but there are many other diseases and sub-types that fall into the MS category.  Marburg MS is one of these sub-types.  In fact, Marburg multiple sclerosis can be considered a multiple sclerosis borderline disease, meaning some medical professionals consider it a sub-type of MS and others may consider it as a completely different disease.  It typically has many of the same symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and treatment tends to be the same as for other types of multiple sclerosis as well.

Marburg MS is the most deadly type of multiple sclerosis, and it does not always respond well to typical multiple sclerosis treatments.  It is very rare and usually strikes younger people.  This type of multiple sclerosis is very aggressive.  The symptoms progress very rapidly, leading to disability quickly after diagnosis, and unfortunately it is usually fatal.

This type of multiple …


The Four Different Types of Multiple Sclerosis

There are four main types of multiple sclerosis.  These include relapsing-remitting MS, secondary-progressive MS, primary-progressive MS, and progressive-relapsing MS.  These four main types of multiple sclerosis are the only ones officially recognized.  Some people may experience different types of multiple sclerosis throughout the course of their disease, as they tend to come in progressive stages.

The most common type of MS is relapsing-remitting MS.  For most people, it is the first stage of the disease that they will have, and it is the first diagnosis they will recieve.  Secondary-progressive MS is the second stage of the disease, and it follows the relapsing-remitting stage.  Some people may be diagnosed at this stage if they haven’t received prior medical treatment for their symptoms.  Secondary-progressive MS tends to show up a few years after the relapsing-remitting MS stage.  These two types of multiple sclerosis usually have a period where the symptoms plateau, …


How MS Pilates Is Accessible To People With Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that can decrease people’s mobility over a short period of time.  However, adding MS Pilates to a regular routine can help to increase mobility and increase muscle strength, giving patients more freedom of movement and better quality of life.

Pilates uses special types of equipment in order to exercise and strengthen the muscles.  These pieces of equipment are typically called “reformers”.  However, the equipment is not required to do Pilates.  MS Pilates can also be done on the floor with the support of something like a towel or a yoga mat.  Pilates can be done at home or it can be done in a class setting.  Many hospitals or MS centers will offer specific classes for MS Pilates.

MS Pilates is especially helpful to those with the disease because it is not jarring to the joints, and it can be done very gently.  It …


Knowing When A MS Relapse Is Present

Multiple sclerosis symptoms tend to come and go; that is why is can be difficult to tell when a MS relapse is happening in the afflicted body.  However, there are many indicators that a relapse is happening or may be impending.  There will be a variety of different symptoms of ms relapse that a person diagnosed with MS can learn to recognize and access.  MS relapse symptoms vary from being hardly noticeable to very apparent.  For example, a person could lose completely lose vision in one eye.  This is very noticeable to the person, and easily signifies a relapse.  However, their vision could start to blur just slightly, and they may not notice it at all.  This can also be an indicator of an impending relapse and changes in the diseased body.

Symptoms that are typically present with multiple sclerosis will become more pronounced during a MS relapse.  Uncomfortable tingling …


Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treatment

Thanks to many years of research, Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis treatment options are plentiful. An abundance of Relapsing Remitting MS treatment choices are available to reduce the occurrence of attacks, help manage MS symptoms, and to modify the progression of the disease. People diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting MS experience a series of remissions and relapses. The length of remission can range from a month to a decade. Doctors have yet to figure out why some MS patients have longer remissions than others. A good point to these remissions is that most people with MS fully recover from any symptoms they were experiencing during the relapse.

A relapse is caused when the immune system damages the outer covering on nerve cells within the brain and spinal cord. This protective sheath is designed to enable nerve cells to successfully transmit signals between the body and brain. A relapse, or an exacerbation as …


Signs of Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis “MS”

Multiple Sclerosis is divided into four types and the most common form is Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. Periods of relapses followed by remissions are how Remitting Relapsing MS gets its name. Symptoms may come and go for days, weeks, or years before they are connected to RRMS. People diagnosed with RR Multiple Sclerosis may experience multiple symptoms with debilitating effects; however, during the periods of remission, they will partially or fully recover. More women are diagnosed with MS then men, but both tend to have similar symptoms.

These symptoms arise when the immune system begins attacking nerve cells. Once the myelin sheath on the outside of the cells becomes inflamed, symptoms start to appear. The areas of inflammation show up on MRI scans and are called lesions. These lesions are found on either the brain or spinal cord and the location of each scar determines the symptoms created. …


Getting a Diagnosis for Relapse Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Relapse Multiple Sclerosis is also known as RRMS and it is the type of MS diagnosed most often in patients. Experiencing relapse MS can be frustrating, due to the abundance of symptoms associated with it and the way they tend to come and go. The good thing is that a remission period in between relapses can last as long as a decade. RRMS is diagnosed not only with the types of symptoms being experienced, but also the way they manifest and disappear over time. Periods of remission allow patients with RRMS to recover from each relapse. The recovery might be full or partial, depending on the person. Another aspect used to diagnose RRMS is that the disease doesn’t get any worse in between the relapses or attacks, whereas other forms of MS are more progressive and disability is prevalent.

An MRI can be used to tell if a relapse is …


MS “Multiple Sclerosis” Primary Progressive

MS Primary Progressive differs from the other 3 types of MS in the way the symptoms present themselves. Multiple Sclerosis Primary Progressive is commonly referred to as PPMS. This autoimmune disease is a more advanced stage of Relapsing Remitting MS. There aren’t any real breaks between relapses and remissions in PPMS, the way there is with RRMS. The disease seems to get worse over time and causes neurologic functions to become worse as the disease progresses. The rate at which progression occurs is usually rather steady.

People who have gone from RRMS to PPMS might become fearful of what the future holds. The vast amount of research done over the years has enabled MS patients in all stages of the disease to continue living long, happy lives. Only around 10 to 15 percent of MS patients develop PPMS and it affects both men and women at an equal rate. This …


Lesions Associated with Spinal MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Spinal MS involves locating lesions on the spine and monitoring how these lesions affect the individual. Spinal Multiple Sclerosis can be included in different forms of MS. Each has similar symptoms, but not all types of MS include periods of remission. An MRI is used to locate both old and new lesions in an MS patient. Old lesions can be seen as a collection of scars on nerve cells and newer lesions appear as brighter spots on the scan. In some cases, the doctor might suggest an injection of gadolinium to be administered before the MRI. This colorless dye causes inflamed nerve cells to show up brightly on the scan; thus enabling a doctor to be certain about active inflammation.

The MRI takes a while to set up and complete. There are certain health issues that need to be taken into consideration before an MRI can take place. Once these …


The Basics of Encephalomyelitis Disseminata

The study of MS has been going on for decades. This autoimmune disease is also known as encephalomyelitis disseminata. Jean-Martin Charcot was the first to describe Multiple Sclerosis in the year of 1868. The definition of this disease refers to it as an autoimmune disease. Inflammation of the nerve cells is caused when the immune system attacks perfectly healthy nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As cells are damaged, the myelin sheath surrounding each nerve can no longer send the appropriate signals needed. Nerve cells are supposed to keep the brain and body in contact with one another. A reduction in the ability to transmit electrical impulses effectively causes an abundance of symptoms and signs.

People react differently to the way the lesions form on the brain and spinal cord. Some experience mild symptoms and others can have symptoms which are so severe that they lose most …


Characteristics of SP Multiple Sclerosis

Secondary-progressive, or SP Multiple Sclerosis, tends to follow after relapsing-remitting MS. SPMS could occur 10 to 15 years after a diagnosis for RRMS has been given. The symptoms are the same for both forms of MS, but SPMS progresses more steadily than RRMS. Some MS patients with the secondary-progressive form experience relapses, while others don’t. The initial diagnosis of SPMS might take time, because it is difficult to know exactly when RRMS has changed to SPMS. Neurologists tend to think the change from one form of MS to the other takes place when the degree of disability increases over a period of at least 6 months, regardless of any relapses.

Keeping track of the symptoms you have, when they manifest, the date they subside, and making a note of when they increase in severity will help your doctor diagnose your form of MS better. If you were already diagnosed …


PPMS Multiple Sclerosis Diagnostic Conditions

Out of the 4 main types of MS, PPMS Multiple Sclerosis can be identified by its lack of relapses and the prominent findings seen in MRIs of RRMS patients. The continuation of a decline in function after the initial diagnosis of MS is the main characteristic of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. Besides lacking in relapses, Primary Progressive MS must also have 2 of the following: a positive MRI scan with lesions on the brain, the spinal cord, or a positive spinal tap. The presence of T2 lesions on the spinal cord must total at least 2. T2 lesions are the ones that show up as bright spots on an MRI scan.

When scanning the brain for T2 lesions, there needs to be at least 9 visible or 4 visible and positive VEP as well. Visual Evoked Potential or Response is created as the eyes look at a test pattern and …


Characteristics of Different forms of MS (Multiple Sclerosis)

Dr Jean Martin Charcot made the first documentation of Multiple Sclerosis in 1868. The 4 different forms of MS weren’t standardized until 1996. These forms of Multiple Sclerosis include; relapsing remitting, secondary progressive, primary progressive, and progressive relapsing. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society felt there was a need to create subgroups of MS, both for accurate prognosis and treatment.

Relapsing-remitting MS is the most common type of MS diagnosed. Around 75 to 85 percent of the people with MS experience signs and symptoms of RRMS first. It includes a range of signs and symptoms that can be mild to severe. The symptoms may come and go for days or months at a time. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, fatigue, weakness in limbs, lack of coordination, and these are just a few. Around 50 symptoms are associated with MS, but people don’t generally have all of them at once. People with RRMS …


Diagnosing and Treating PR Multiple Sclerosis

PR Multiple Sclerosis is one of the 4 types of MS people are being diagnosed with today. This progressive-relapsing form of MS is diagnosed through a series of tests and by monitoring the relapse time and severity of symptoms. A cycle of relapses and remissions are seen in PRMS, which is similar to how RRMS appears to be. However, the degree to which the symptoms worsen over time is what separates PRMS from RRMS.

As for obtaining a diagnosis of PRMS, doctors need to run a series of tests to make sure the disease is truly MS and not another disease with similar symptoms. People don’t normally go from being healthy to suddenly having Progressive Relapsing MS. Most individuals begin with Relapsing Remitting MS and then shift into one of the more progressive forms after a period of time. The length of time before this change is made depends on …


The 4 MS Types

MS types are divided into 4 categories; RRMS, PPMS, SPMS, and PRMS. Relapsing Remitting MS is the most common form. People between the ages of 20 to 40 are usually who are diagnosed with this form of MS and generally twice as many women have MS than men do. Researchers believe hormones are linked to this ratio, but studies have yet to be conclusive of this speculation.

RRMS affects approximately 85 percent of MS patients and is diagnosed by observing the cycles of remission and relapses. Symptoms may come and go for years, without ever becoming more severe. Remission occurs when symptoms disappear altogether and a relapse is when they appear again. People with RRMS generally show no sign of disability during the remission period.

Primary Progressive MS only affects a small percentage of individuals and is characterized by the lack of distinct cycles of relapse and remission. The severity …


The Neuromyelitis Optica Treatment for Devic’s Syndrome

A neuromyelitis optica treatment is used for patients with Devic’s Syndrome. Devic’s disease is also known as neuromyelitis optic or NMO for short. The central nervous system is affected by this disease, just as MS is. In particular, NMO involves nerves in the eyes and spinal cord. When inflammation occurs in these nerve cells, the signals aren’t able to be transmitted in an efficient manner. The immune system is supposed to defend the body against infections and disease, but with neuromyelitis optica NMO this protective system is causing the sickness.

Since the nerves in the eyes are damaged, blindness may occur. When the spinal cord becomes inflamed, limb weakness, paralysis in the arms or legs, muscle spasms, loss of bowel or bladder control, and a lack of sensation anywhere in the body can all be experienced. Treating these symptoms can be done with an assortment of medications. Methylprednisolone and …


Symptoms of MS “Multiple Sclerosis” in the Brain

MS in the brain cells shows up on MRI scans as brightly colored areas, when these cells are inflamed. When Multiple Sclerosis in the brain is significant, people experience a variety of symptoms. The severity of each symptom depends on the amount of inflammation and scarring present. As the immune system attacks nerve cells in the brain, the myelin sheath is damaged along the outer portion of each cell. Damage to the cells is visible through MRI scanning of brain tissue. Gadolinium is a colorless dye used to identify inflammation in the brain of MS patients during an MRI. The scarring present on the scan should coincide with the degree of severity for most symptoms.

Brain lesions cause the upper body to be affected most of all. MS patients can experience numbness and tingling of the face, slurred speech, double vision, headaches, fatigue, loss of balance, difficulty thinking clearly, and …


Characteristics of Inflammatory Demyelination in CIDP

Diseases in which inflammatory demyelination is present include MS, Devic’s disease, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, optic neuritis, and chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency. These are by no means all of the diseases known about where nerve cells within the body are attacked by the immune system.

When nerve cells are damaged by the white blood cells in the body, such as with Multiple Sclerosis, the individual nerves can no longer transmit electrical impulses effectively. These cells could be in the brain, spinal cord, or eyes. In MS, the central nervous system is affected by the demyelination of nerve cells, but in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, the peripheral nervous system is conflicted. Whether the CNS or the PNS is afflicted, the symptoms tend to be very similar. Patients will generally experience numbness and tingling, weakness in limbs, fatigue, pain, partial or total paralysis, and sometimes loss of muscle control.

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy …


What is Chronic Demyelination?

Chronic demyelination is also known as CIDP or chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy. It is similar to MS because it is also an autoimmune disease. The main difference between these two diseases is that MS affects the central nervous system and CIDP affects the peripheral nervous system. The PNS is in charge of enabling the CNS and the organs and limbs to communicate effectively. As the peripheral nerves are damaged by the immune system, the myelin sheath is no longer able to function normally.

People with CIDP begin to lose proper sensory function in their arms and legs. This disease causes a progressive weakness and can occur at any age, even though the percentage of young adults affected with CIDP is generally higher than older individuals. Men also seem to be diagnosed more often than women do with this disease.

Tingling and numbness begins in the toes and fingers during the …


Diagnosing RRMS “RRMS Multiple Sclerosis”

An initial diagnosis if Multiple Sclerosis is commonly the RRMS type. RRMS Multiple Sclerosis is the type of MS that seems to be most responsive to current medications on the market. Patients who are experiencing the relapsing-remitting form of MS will have symptoms that come and go. A remission occurs when the symptoms disappear and a relapse is signified by their return. During a remission, many patients are able to either partially or fully recover from any damage caused by the symptoms. As long as the symptoms continue to come and go and the disease doesn’t progress, Relapsing-Remitting MS hasn’t evolved into one of the more progressive forms of Multiple Sclerosis.

No simple diagnosis tactic occurs as of yet for any type of MS. The doctor will need to find out a complete medical history. Details about the symptoms are necessary to find out if they have increased in severity …


Diagnosing Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis “MS”

A single test hasn’t been devised yet to diagnose Remitting Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. Even though Remitting Relapsing MS is the most common form of this disease, it is still difficult to diagnose. Doctors have to consider the types of symptoms being experienced, the severity of the symptoms, if they appear and disappear over and over again, and different tests are performed to make sure these symptoms are truly connected to RRMS.

Women are diagnosed with MS twice as often as men are. Researchers have thought this may have something to do with hormones, due to statistics of MS patients over the years. Before puberty happens, more males than females are diagnosed with MS, but once puberty occurs, the number of females doubles.

It is usually easier to diagnose RRMS when a relapse is in progress. During one of these flare-ups, an MRI can be taken to observe inflammation in …


Diagnosing Different Types of MS

Doctors are able to diagnose different types of MS at any stage. Despite an assortment of tests and careful observation of symptoms, determining if MS is present can still be quite difficult. Approximately 50 symptoms have been connected to MS. These symptoms can last for days, weeks, or years at a time, depending on the form of Multiple Sclerosis present. Blood tests, a spinal tap, an MRI, and neurological tests are performed to check for MS. Once the diagnosis of MS has been confirmed, deciding which of the 4 types of MS exists is next.

The 4 forms of MS are characterized by the absence or presence of remission and relapse cycles, as well as how progressive the disease has become. Relapsing-Remitting MS generally has steady cycles of relapse and remission. The individual is able to recover from the relapses during each remission, which usually means the symptoms go away …


Diagnosing Mult Sclerosis

Signs and symptoms of Mult Sclerosis can manifest and subside for many years before an actual diagnosis is made. The length of presence and severity of each symptom differs from person to person. Some individuals may experience MS symptoms multiple days in a row, while other people might only have moderate symptoms on and off for a month or more. A doctor should be notified if signs of Multiple Sclerosis begin to appear, especially if they are severe enough to cause debilitation of any kind. Many symptoms of MS are dismissed because they are associated with something physical that took place during the day or they are attributed to a specific state of mind.

For instance, an electric shock felt when bending the head forward can be a sign of MS. The first time this symptom is experienced, most people brush it off as a pinched nerve from sleeping in …


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