Mary. possible ms. 55yrs? Had muscle spasm throughout most of my body while in bed. Was much more severe than I have read about and affected a lot more body parts than I was expecting. Only the second time this has happened and within a few days of each other. Does this sound like the norm: for MS possible?
My mother suffers from MS.-
The person with MS can suffer almost any neurological symptom or sign, including changes in sensation such as loss of sensitivity or tingling, pricking or numbness (hypoesthesia and paraesthesia), muscle weakness, muscle spasms, or difficulty in moving; difficulties with coordination and balance (ataxia); problems in speech (dysarthria) or swallowing (dysphagia), visual problems (nystagmus, optic neuritis including phosphenes,or diplopia), fatigue, acute or chronic pain, and bladder and bowel difficulties.Cognitive impairment of varying degrees and emotional symptoms of depression or unstable mood are also common. Uhthoff's phenomenon, an exacerbation of extant symptoms due to an exposure to higher than usual ambient temperatures, and Lhermitte's sign, an electrical sensation that runs down the back when bending the neck, are particularly characteristic of MS although not specific. The main clinical measure of disability progression and symptom severity is the Expanded Disability Status Scale or EDSS.
Symptoms of MS usually appear in episodic acute periods of worsening (called relapses, exacerbations, bouts, attacks, or "flare-ups"), in a gradually progressive deterioration of neurologic function, or in a combination of both. Multiple sclerosis relapses are often unpredictable, occurring without warning and without obvious inciting factors with a rate rarely above 1 and a half per year. Some attacks, however, are preceded by common triggers. Relapses occur more frequently during spring and summer. Viral infections such as the common cold, influenza, or gastroenteritis increase the risk of relapse. Stress may also trigger an attack.
Take care, and I hope I have been of help.
Muscle spasmscould be alot of different things. Do you get any strange sensations through out your body? Before I was dx'd I would occassionaly get a slight electric type zap just in the thigh ofmy left leg,I also would get when I would go to turn my head a jolt from my neck into my head these were all fleeting sensations. I would get a twitch in my left eye which actually led to my dx unfortunately after the damage was done. Come to find out I had Optic Neuritis which is one of the more common symptoms.
I guess what I'm saying is it will usually take more then one symptom unless you are in some typeof higher risk group. but where I live they have 4 tests they do before they will even think of confirming M.S. Due to the fact if you don't have M.S. and you take any of the M.S. meds it can cause serious damage. I hope something here I babbled about helped
~Amy Lost in PA
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