Multiple Sclerosis & Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Tests and Treatments
Pain is now recognized as a factor in managing multiple sclerosis, and treatment for trigeminal neuralgia and burning limb syndrome is discussed. Up to one-fourth of people with MS have ongoing pain that affects their function in some way, and pain can be a major cause of reduced function, decreased sense of well-being, and a key target for treatment.
What kind of pain can occur with multiple sclerosis?
Trigeminal neuralgia is a sharp, electrical jabbing pain on one side of the face. Burning limb pain is a burning pain that often involves the legs. Some people with MS experience neck and back pain. Alternative pain management strategies such as acupuncture, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychophysiological pain management can help some people with MS.
Is neck pain a symptom of MS?
Neck and back pain: Some people with MS experience neck and back pain, which can be caused by immobility or the same type of wear and tear that many people without MS experience. This type of pain is often described as an aching, stiff sensation that can range from mild to moderate.
What does MS feel like in the beginning?
Numbness or tingling A loss of feeling or a pins-and-needles sensation, usually in the face, arms, or legs, and on one side of the body, can be the first sign of MS nerve damage. It usually goes away on its own.
What does MS pain feel like?
Acute Neuropathic Pain is sometimes an initial symptom of MS or may be part of an MS relapse, and it feels like burning, stabbing, sharp, and squeezing sensations. Chronic Neuropathic Pain is sometimes an initial symptom of MS or may be part of an MS relapse, and it feels like burning, stabbing, sharp, and squeezing sensations.
What does MS stiffness feel like?
Spasticity can cause aches and tightness in and around your joints and low back, depending on your position, posture, and how relaxed you are.
What does a neurologist do for neck pain?
A neurologist is trained to identify the causes of symptoms, as well as to use EMG testing to assess nerve injury and whether it is reversible in the short and long term.
When should you suspect multiple sclerosis?
If you have one or more of the following symptoms, you may have MS: vision loss in one or both eyes, acute paralysis in the legs or along one side of the body, and acute numbness and tingling in a limb.
Can you have MS for years and not know it?
Although the diagnosis and prognosis for benign MS are unknown, there are a few things to keep in mind: mild symptoms at the time of diagnosis don’t always indicate a benign course of the disease, and benign MS can take up to 15 years to diagnose.
What mimics multiple sclerosis?
Fibromyalgia and vitamin B12 deficiency, muscular dystrophy (MD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), migraine, hypothyroidism, hypertension, Beu00e7hets, Arnold-Chiari deformity, and mitochondrial disorders are just a few of them, though your neurologist can usually rule them out fairly quickly.
What are the four stages of MS?
Clinically isolated syndrome (CIS), relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), primary progressive MS (PPMS), and secondary progressive MS (SPMS) are the four different types of multiple sclerosis.
Where do you itch with MS?
Itchy sensations can occur virtually anywhere on your body, usually involving both sides, such as both arms, legs, or both sides of your face. Neuropathic itchiness related to MS usually occurs in specific areas of your body, rather than feeling itchy all over.
Why is Dairy bad for MS?
Dietary patterns or specific nutrients may play a role in MS relapses, according to some studies. We know that MS relapses cause increased inflammation, and we also know that certain dietary patterns can reduce inflammation.
How do I know if I have MS or fibromyalgia?
Headaches, joint and muscle pain, numbness and tingling in the extremities, memory problems, and fatigue are all symptoms of fibromyalgia, which is more common in women than in men. However, unlike MS, fibromyalgia does not show up as brain lesions on an MRI.
What happens with untreated MS?
MS can cause more nerve damage and symptoms if left untreated, so starting treatment as soon as you’re diagnosed and sticking with it can help you avoid progressing from relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) to secondary-progressive MS (SPMS).
What are the early symptoms of MS in a woman?
The following are some of the most common early signs of multiple sclerosis (MS):
- Tingling and numbness.
- pains and spasms.
- weakness or fatigue.
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Bladder issues.
- Sexual dysfunction.
What is the best muscle relaxer for MS?
Dantrium ( dantrolene ) is an FDA-approved oral muscle relaxant that helps people with MS manage chronic muscle spasticity.