ms nerve damage
What is Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis is
classified as an autoimmune disorder, where the body attacks itself as
if it is a foreign invader that the body needs to defend itself
against. Sclerosis is another name for the scarring that appears in the
majority of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis. The most common way of diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis is through ms mri tests or
magnetic resonance imaging tests, where the person's whole body can be
scanned to determine if there is scarring or demyelination on the
spinal cord or throughout the brain.
Multiple Sclerosis nerve damage
Multiple Sclerosis attacks the nerves through out the body and scaring or demyelination results. In more severe cases of MS nerve damage can
result. The more severe MS nerve damage becomes, the more this
can result in many more problems with severely reducing how well
different parts of the body can function body to function, often
on a daily basis.
what the doctors told me, after I was first diagnosed with a severe
case of Multiple Sclerosis, the symptoms of ms nerve damage, which are
often seen in more severe cases of MS, which can be signs of ms nerve
damage being present can include any of the following:
* foot drop or clonus - this
describes the loss of control of one or both of your feet or a loss of
nerve function in one or both of the feet (this can result in ms numbness, ms foot pain, ms nerve pain, and turning of the foot sideways whenever you try to take a step or stand with your feet flat on the floor of clonus).
* loss of muscle strength in the legs or feet - this can result in problems picking one or both feet or of either of the legs, loss of balance,
* loss of nerve function in the legs - this can result in losing the ability to stand or walk.
* loss of hand control -
this can happen to one or both hands and is a loss of fine finger
movement or dexterity, loss of the ability to write or loss of the
ability to use a fork or a spoon to feed yourself.
* loss of muscle strength in the arms or hands -
this often means that anything that you can pick up, you drop on the
floor, or difficulty in picking up things off of the floor, table, etc.
that you could do before the lack of muscle strength occurred.
If the ms nerve damage ends up focusing on the brain, resulting in ms brain scarring or ms brain lesions, then a whole other set of severe ms symptoms can occur.
the brain is the master controller for the body, the more severe the
brain scarring or the more ms brain lesions are present, then more
different parts of the body and how well we can function are much more
noticeably affected. The more severe MS scarring in the brain can
result in some or most of the following ms symptoms, including:
* cognitive problems -
problems forming sentences or completing a thought, problems following
logical though (including problems figuring things out that you were
able to do before)
* memory problems - severe loss of long term and short term memory
* loss of the ability to stand or walk --
this can be a result of either scarring in the brain or scarring along
the spinal cord because of the damage to the myelin sheath along the
* speech problems - can be severe enough that speech therapy is needed to regain the ability to speak agin.
* hearing problems - hearing can be affected where partial loss of hearing, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or maybe even total loss of hearing
* vision problems -
difficulty focusing or dimness of vision may show up initially, but it
scarring on the retinal nerve or throughout the parts of the brain that
aids in our ability to see has more lesions or scarring, partial or
total loss of vision in one or both eyes can result.
As in the case of the type of intense physical therapy and MS exercises
can be used to help retrain the body to function again, even in the
case of the more severe cases of MS that do involve varying degrees of
ms nerve damage.
gives us some hope that there may be something that can help even
those of us that have become more severely disabled because of the
nerve damage that can result from MS attacks
on the central nervous system -- even if we end up not being able to
walk for a period of time -- that there may be ways for us to regain
what we have lost because of MS attacking our bodies.