Thoughts on multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms from experienced individuals
The cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) stretch definitions - even for doctors, medical researchers and scientists. The potentially disabling neurological disease (known as
"The MonSter") may take very different forms in various patients, and its timetable may seem random at best.
Perhaps those who face it multiple sclerosis (MS) around the clock are able to describe the cognitive symptoms of the neurological disorder most accurately.
What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological condition that goes after the human central nervous system. Over time, multiple sclerosis (MS) destroys myelin, the protective sheath that encases the body's nerves. This results in scarring (or sclerosis), and disrupted neurological transmission between the central nervous system (including the brain, optic nerves and the spinal cord) and the rest of the body.
Depending upon the individual patient, multiple sclerosis (MS) may cause intermittent neurological episodes, or it may progress somewhat steadily towards increased incapacitation.
What are the most common cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) may cause a full constellation of cognitive (or mental) symptoms, which may vary widely among individuals. In fact, the cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) may even change for any given patient with each recurrence, exacerbation or incidence of the disease.
Even so, several multiple sclerosis (MS) cognitive symptoms seem to be common complaints.
What are the most troubling cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Instead of forming a discussion of multiple sclerosis (MS) cognitive symptoms from personal experience or research alone, I decided to interview several others who live out the courageous fight personally against the dreaded neurological disease.
Let's hear from specific individuals, who live with multiple sclerosis (MS) daily. For easy reference, these first-hand comments about multiple sclerosis (MS) cognitive symptoms are arranged alphabetically (by symptom).
Cognitive Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS):
Cognitive symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) may include memory issues, thinking problems, speech difficulties and more.
Many multiple sclerosis (MS) patients do not like to talk about the cognitive symptoms that may arise. However, Kerri B.,Paul B.,Dale E.,Brian G., Ashley M., Catherine M., Kelly O., Lori P., Ryan R., Ally S., Dori S. and others admitted that their concentration, memory and even speech have been affected by the neurological condition.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers usually describe their concentration challenges as distractibility or even issues of focus.
"My mind gets foggy," said Jennifer S. "The cognitive issues can drive me nuts."
Forgetfulness is a nearly universal complaint among those with multiple sclerosis (MS). Often, this points to short-term memory issues, as Elizabeth C.,Marie F.,Andrew G.,Ryan R., Paul T.,Anne W., Nicky W. and others confirm.
"The most annoying symptoms of MS are cognitive," explained Ashley M. "Sadly, I can tolerate the vertigo, fatigue, balance and numbness issues. But the memory problems, such as forgetting words, really leave me feeling rather frustrated and helpless."
Sometimes memory loss can come and go with multiple sclerosis (MS), as Debbie R. pointed out. "I understand about forgetting people's names," she said. "That drives me crazy! Of course, it is hilarious to me to notice how quickly I remember them later, after I am home and not in the middle of an awkward conversation."
"I have two degrees," confessed Bridget G., "and I barely remember any of it anymore."
"It's weird," said Dori S. "Someone can give me a one number, and only the first two or three numbers stick."
Wendy T. agreed. "I can't remember things that need to be done. This means making lots of lists."
"I can do something one day and not remember how to do it the next," said Ally S. "This makes me look incompetent, and I hate it."
A surprising number of those with multiple sclerosis (MS) point out how they often find themselves misusing words, or unexpectedly substituting the wrong words in their speech.
Deborah G. described difficulties with slurred speech. Terri E. spoke of "losing the words I want to say in the middle of a sentence."
"I have to stop midsentence," said Brian H., "when I struggle with word recall from MS."
"Sometimes I know what I want to say," explains Richard R., "but I lose the word right as I am about to say it. We call these instances brain farts."
Lynda K. agreed. "My kids chuckle a bit," she said, "when I use the wrong words. I might say, 'Pass the monkey," instead of "Pass the milk.' It's just a slip or a blip."
Of course, as medical researchers gain increased knowledge about the causes and potential cures for multiple sclerosis (MS), then the thoughts and minds of those who face the MonSter daily may take a more determined positive turn as well. Many already try to put a positive spin on life - even life with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Additional MS Symptoms
In addition to cognitive symptoms, multiple sclerosis (MS) can also cause physical symptoms (including balance issues, bladder and bowel problems, burning sensations, chest pain, coordination loss, fatigue, foot drop, headaches, heat sensitivity, muscle weakness, nerve pain, numbness, sexual dysfunction, sleep problems, spasticity, tremors, vertigo, vision problems, walking difficulties and more ) and emotional symptoms (such as depression, fear, anxiety, frustration, feelings of helplessness, a sense of isolation, mood swings, self image issues, stress and more).
These physical and emotional multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms (explored in additional articles by this author) usually vary by individual.
Personal interviews with multiple sclerosis patients (To protect individual privacy, last names have been omitted.)