Location, Location, Location…
“Location, location, location.“ We know the importance of that statement when it comes to buying a home. This catch phrase also applies to the many symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Where are the lesions located? Will they decide to wreak havoc? That’s the unpredictability of this disease. Let’s take a look.
- The most common symptoms reported for MS are: fatigue, muscle stiffness and spasms (spasticity), balance and coordination problems, bladder or bowl problems, vision problems, memory and attention problems (I finally have a reason after all these years…lol), sexual issues, pain, depression or mood swings and general weakness. The key here is common.
- Symptoms experienced may depend upon location of active disease or resulting damage following relapse.
- Not all symptoms will affect each MS patient.
- It’s important to note that MRI(s), revealing those lovely lesion location(s), may not correlate with your physical examination, activity or appearance. That’s the hard part for our Neuros and Medical Team.
- Symptoms often appear and/or become worse during an exacerbation (relapse, attack, flare). These symptoms may resolve completely or remain present, at varying degrees, following an exacerbation.
- Being your own advocate is important to manage your symptoms and MS. Request your Neurologist to review your MRI(s) with you. This will help to understand what’s going on in that CNS of ours. Ask questions about your lesion(s) location. Where are they? How many? Are they active or not? Whatever is concerning you…ask!
- Take a written list of questions to your appointment. With limited time, you’ll remain on task and have your questions addressed. You’ll feel confident as you leave the office understanding your symptoms and recommendations for management. Examples may include:
Medications: Prescription or over-the-counter.
Rehab: Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Therapy
Exercise: At the recommendation of Neurologist or Physician
Pain Management: At the recommendation of Neurologist or Physician
It’s exciting to know that there are many treatments available for each and every symptom we experience. How about you, what’s working? If you have concerns, reach out to your Neurologist or Physician as ask about what might help! You’ll be glad you did!
“Count Your Blessings”
~ Detailed information regarding MS Symptoms and Management can be found at: mymsaa.org, mslifelines.com
~ Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Neurologist or Physician immediately. This post is my personal writings on what I’ve experienced and learned through my journey with MS. All information contained within So I Have MS, Now What? is not intended to treat or replace medical recommendations from a Neurologist or Physician.