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Multiple Sclerosis Affects Each Person Differently

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. It causes destruction of myelin (a protein that forms a protective coating around nerve cells) in the central nervous system. When myelin is destroyed, signals traveling through the nerve cells are interrupted or delayed, resulting in various symptoms occurring at different locations throughout the body. 5,7,8

According to the US National Multiple Sclerosis Society, progressive MS manifests itself differently in each person. Whether your MS is progressive or not, it’s important to realise that “progressive” does not necessarily have to equate with severe disability. 8

Primary symptoms directly caused by MS include tremor, numbness, weakness, loss of vision, pain, mobility problems, poor balance, bladder and bowel dysfunction sexual dysfunction and mood and cognitive changes. Any of these symptoms may increase or advance in progressive MS. 4,8


Please note that this information provided by BARD Medical is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a medical professional.  Information is as of 12/2014. Please check references for updated information.

References

  1. Neurogenic Bladder: When Nerve Damage Causes Bladder Problems – Urology Care Foundation: (2014) http://www.urologyhealth.org/_media/_pdf/BH_NeurogenicBladder_FactSheet_2014.pdf
  2. Multiple Sclerosis: National Institutes of Health (9/2012): http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/patientinstructions/000129.htm
  3. National Association for Continence – Seeking Treatment (2014): http://www.nafc.org/tools/
  4. Managing Progressive MS – National Multiple Sclerosis Society(10/2013): http://www.nationalmssociety.org/NationalMSSociety/media/MSNationalFiles/Brochures/Brochure-Managing-Progressive-MS.pdf
  5. Cleveland Clinic, Diseases and Conditions – Neurogenic Bladder (11/2012), http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/neurogenic_bladder/hic-neurogenic-bladder.aspx
  6. Sauerwein D. Urinary tract infections in patients with Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2002 Jun; 19(6):592-7.
  7. J Kesselring, G. Combi, A Thompson, Multiple Sclerosis , Recovery of Function and Neurorehabitation, Cambridge University Press 2010
  8. O Malik, A Donnelly, M Barnett; Fast Facts: Multiple Sclerosis, Health Press, Oxford UK, 2014
  9. D Newman, M Williams,; Review Intermittent Catherization and Current Best Practices, Urologic Nursing, Jan-Feb 2011, Volume 31, Number 1
  10. http://www.mssociety.org.uk/what-is-ms