Multiple sclerosis (MS) isn’t strictly hereditary, but it is classified as a genetic disease. This means that –while you don’t directly inherit the disease- if you have a close relative, such as a parent or a sibling, your own risk of developing MS increases. Those who have what is known as “first degree” relatives should be mindful of early multiple sclerosis signs.
One of the most commonly seen genetic diseases in patients at the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) is MS. This progressive disorder is the result of your body’s immune system mistaking normal elements within the body as foreign invaders. Specifically, the immune system attacking the protective coverings of nerve cells is a hallmark of multiple sclerosis. When this happens, diminished function in the brain and spinal cord occurs.
Are You Concerned that You’re Having Early Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
MS is considered an autoimmune disease.
As with most diseases of this category, multiple sclerosis symptoms can be unpredictable and their intensity can fluctuate. For example, one sufferer may have symptoms of fatigue and numbness, while another may experience paralysis, vision loss, or reduced brain function.
Some of the most common early warning signs of MS are:
- Vision trouble
- Tingling & numbness
- Pain & spasms
- Weakness or fatigue
- Balance trouble or vertigo
- Bladder/bowel problems
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cognitive trouble
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A Closer Look at Early Multiple Sclerosis Signs
- Vision Trouble
Trouble with vision is among the most common symptoms of MS. This is due to inflammation affecting the optic nerve and disrupting central vision. This can result in blurry eyesight, double vision, or even vision loss.
Degeneration of vision may be hard to detect at first. The degeneration is usually slow. Pain may accompany the degeneration. It usually occurs when you look up or to one side. There are various coping strategies that can help you deal with vision problems related to MS. Stem cell therapy is becoming more widely recommended by physicians in many cases of multiple sclerosis induced vision impairment.
- Tingling and Numbness
Among the early multiple sclerosis signs, tingling and numbness is often the first to be noticed. MS attacks brain and spinal cord nerves. The brain and spinal nerves comprise the central nervous system, so deterioration of nerves in these areas can affect all regions in the body.
The areas that are most frequently affected by the tingling and numbness associated with MS are the face, arms, legs, and fingers. Prior to the development of regenerative medicine therapies, little could be done to ease the onset of tingling and numbness.
- Pain and Spasms
The National MS Society, conducted a study that reported about 50% of MS patients have chronic pain and involuntary, painful muscle spasms (spasticity). Muscle rigidity is also a regular symptom. The spasms and stiff joints and muscles usually affect the legs. However stiffness, spasticity and pain may also occur in the back.
- Fatigue and Weakness
80% of patients cite acute or chronic fatigue and weakness as the primary early multiple sclerosis signs they experience. These MS symptoms occur due to the deterioration of spinal nerves. The onset of the fatigue is usually sudden and can last for weeks before lifting. MS-related weakness may affect any part of the body, but is most often first noticed in the legs.
- Balance Troubles and Vertigo
Problems with balance can significantly affect patient mobility. Doctors often refer to balance and mobility difficulties as trouble with one’s gait. Multiple sclerosis patients frequently report lightheadedness, dizziness, and the sensation that their surroundings are spinning (also known as vertigo). Problems with balance and vertigo usually flare when you rise to stand up.
- Bladder and Bowel Problems
As with weakness and fatigue, a malfunctioning bladder and/or bowel occurs in approximately 80% of MS patients. These problems can run the gamut from frequent urination, the strong urge to urinate, or true incontinence.
Urinary problems are more common in MS patients than bowel trouble. However, some people experiencing multiple sclerosis signs report problems with constipation, diarrhea, or bowel incontinence.
- Sexual Dysfunction
Since multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system, it can be difficult for people living with multiple sclerosis to experience sexual arousal. Once again, as with many of the symptoms of MS, it is becoming more possible to address MS-related sexual dysfunction due to the advancements made through regenerative medicine.
- Cognitive Troubles
Approximately 50% of MS patients develop cognitive function issues. These include:
- Trouble with memory
- Reduced attention span
- Trouble with language
- Struggling to stay organized
- Problems with Emotional Health
Chronic depression is one of the most common symptoms of MS. It can be due to the effects of multiple sclerosis on the central nervous system or due to the emotional stress of coping with multiple sclerosis. Irritability and mood swings are usual regardless of the core cause of the depression.
But uncontrollable outbursts of crying or laughing that run counter to the moment are generally due to a specific condition known as the pseudobulbar affect. This is a neurological condition that can be caused by the damage done to brain neurons by multiple sclerosis.
Other Early Signs of MS
Since multiple sclerosis is a degenerative nerve condition, symptoms can be as varied as the nerves being affected. There is no single set of MS symptoms, so those who suffer from multiple sclerosis experience a combination that can be as unique as the patient. In fact, variations on symptoms can change from one flare up or relapse to the next.
Whether they are experienced as early multiple sclerosis signs or after the diagnosis is well established, additional multiple sclerosis symptoms can include:
- Hearing problems
- Unmanageable shaking
- Trouble breathing
- Slurred speech
- Dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing)
The Difference Between Hereditary and Genetic Disease
As mentioned above, MS is not considered a strictly hereditary disease. A hereditary disease is one that is passed down from one generation to another (whether it skips a generation or not). A genetic disease is one that can be caused by a change or mutation in a gene that is not influenced by heredity.
In other words, due to a genetic flaw, someone can be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis even though it doesn’t run in the family. But someone who has a “first degree” relative, such as a parent or a sibling, has a higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis than someone with no family history of MS.
Your risk of developing multiple sclerosis signs rises with heredity, but is neither an absolute nor the sole factor.
By and large, only 0.1% of the general public is likely to develop multiple sclerosis. However, according to the National MS Society, those numbers rise to 2.5% to 5% percent when there is a sibling or parent diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
How MS is Diagnosed
When someone suspects the presence of multiple sclerosis signs, a physician –usually a neurologist- performs several diagnostic tests.
Multiple sclerosis diagnostics may include:
- A neurological examination to test for impaired nerve function
- A series of eye examinations that evaluate vision and any possibility of eye disease
- The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine cross-sectional images of the brain and spinal cord
- A spinal tap to test elements of the fluid that circulates around the brain and spinal cord
These diagnostics serve two basic functions. They test for possible damage to the central nervous system and rule out the possibility of other diseases or disorders. For the most definitive diagnosis, these tests must establish that no less than a month has passed between episodes causing any damage.
That being stated, it is still possible for MS to be missed during testing. The Oregon Health and Science University conducted a study that revealed almost 75% of physicians specializing in multiple sclerosis saw three or more patients within a 12 month period that had been misdiagnosed.
MS can be tricky to diagnose.
The wide array of symptoms, the degree of their severity, and how they affect individual patients can make multiple sclerosis tricky to diagnose. Attacks may last for weeks before disappearing. These attacks -known as relapses- can worsen in progression and predictability, with each relapse often exhibiting different symptoms. But the earlier that multiple sclerosis is detected, the likelier it is that progression can be managed.
How MS is Treated Today
Multiple sclerosis remains a challenging medical disorder, but today’s developments have been shown to be increasingly effective in managing multiple sclerosis and slowing its progression. Among the most advanced methods being used to combat the progression and effectively relieve the multi-faceted symptoms is regenerative medicine therapies.
The earlier that multiple sclerosis signs are detected the better, but regenerative medicine techniques like stem cell therapy are showing enormous promise in the reduction of symptoms and reversal of damage caused by MS regardless of progression. Stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis is already in use in FDA guidelines-compliant clinics across the United States. This procedure is particularly promising for MS sufferers who have not responded well to conventional drug therapies or who are seeking a viable alternative to surgery.
Regenerative medicine techniques are being used to address the full spectrum of MS symptoms.
Stem cell therapy addresses the primary cause of nerve damage due to multiple sclerosis, which is the breakdown of the myelin sheath that protects nerves. The therapy helps the re-growth the myelin sheath and improvement in the health of existing nerve cells. It also addresses the autoimmune aspects of multiple sclerosis.
When to Seek Diagnosis
Early multiple sclerosis signs can have much in common with a variety of other diseases and disorders. But if you experience any of them longer than 24 hours, it is important to talk with your doctor. As with many illnesses and medical conditions, the earlier multiple sclerosis can be successfully diagnosed the better.
Once a diagnosis is made, action can be done. Be sure to explore all options, including regenerative medicine. The National Stem Cell Institute offers tips below to help you find a full licensed stem cell clinic in the U.S.
What to Look for in a Stem Cell Medical Clinic
When searching for a qualified stem cell therapy center it’s important to remember that not all of them are created equal. Stem cells, when used properly, are your body’s most powerful means for healing that can repair everything from ligaments, tendons, and cartilage to organs including your liver, pancreas and lungs and even neurological tissue like your brain, nerves and spinal cord.
Unfortunately, the majority of so-called “regenerative medicine clinics” in the world aren’t trained in the latest, most technologically advanced procedures and will, therefore, provide poor results if any.
The good news is the National Stem Cell Institute (NSI) has established the most advanced stem cell and platelet rich plasma procedures on the planet which has drawn patients from all over the world as well as professional athletes and celebrities because they are recognized as the best in the world at stem cell therapy.
What makes NSI Stem Cell the top stem cell clinic in the world is demonstrated in 5 key areas:
1. Highly trained and experienced, board-certified doctors and team members who have performed stem cell procedures on thousands of patients with incredible results.
2. Cutting edge procedures utilizing all that regenerative medicine has to offer for many chronic degenerative conditions.
3. Leading scientific researchers who follow the advanced guidelines to maximize the healing potential of your stem cells and to maintain compliance and ethics
4. Use of only the most potent and viable resource of living, viable stem cells and harvested on the same day. No vial that you can purchase will contain living stem cells. If there is no harvest then there are no stem cells.
5. Post-operative guidance for supporting stem-cell growth including rehabilitation, diet and supplement protocols. NSI is a full-service healthcare center focused on patient outcomes. Stem cell therapy is only one tool used to help improve patients’ lives.
Patients have raved about their experience at NSI Stem Cell Clinics testifying that it was their unique cutting-edge procedures that helped them experience a breakthrough when nothing else worked.
If you want to learn more about NSI Stem Cell Clinics, you can set up a complimentary consultation today to see if you are a candidate. You can contact the National Stem Cell Institute at (877) 278-3623.
* Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary. As each patient’s problem is different, each treatment must be tailored around your specific needs.