Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Symptoms
Multiple sclerosis symptoms vary widely, and a description of "typical"
symptoms is difficult. Some signs and symptoms of MS may include:
- Visual disturbances (for example, blurred vision or loss of vision in one eye)
that may be accompanied by eye pain.
- Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs or face
- Difficulties with speech
- Heat intolerance
- Bowel or bladder problems
- Sexual problems
Alternative treatment (CAM) for MS facts
Fatigue and muscle spasticity are
the symptoms of MS that are best addressed by complementary or alternative
treatment or medicine (CAM).
- Complementary or alternative treatments or therapies that have been
shown to be helpful in helping reduce fatigue include:
- Massage therapy and acupuncture
have been reported by some to provide relief for spasticity.
- Ongoing studies are being conducted to look at the potential benefits of
medical marijuana on MS symptoms; to include chronic pain and spasticity.
Marinol and Sativex, two FDA approved forms of medical marijuana (medical
cannabis) may be beneficial in improving spasticity or bladder frequency.
- People who desire CAM therapies
generally feel that conventional treatments are not effective in controlling
their symptoms or that the side effects are not acceptable.
- Most CAM therapies are not covered
- It is important to discuss the use
of CAM therapies with your health-care professional, since some CAM therapies
may interact adversely with medications.
- CAM has not been shown to have
significant effects on the progression of MS over time.
What is complementary or alternative treatment or CAM?
CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) is care provided in addition
(integrative medicine) to
or instead of traditional or standard medical practices. This group of therapies
is wide-ranging, and includes:
Some people who seek out alternative medicine feel that conventional therapy has
not successfully controlled their symptoms, or that the potential side effects
associated with traditional therapy aren't acceptable. Others find that adding
complementary medicine to their program allows improved control of symptoms.
When complementary medicine is added to traditional routes, it is referred to as
Recent studies through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), specifically the National Health Interview Survey, suggest that as many
as 38% of residents within the United States seek out CAM.
Many therapies that are considered within the group of complementary and
alternative medicines haven't been studied extensively or investigated in
comparison to conventional treatment options.
What is of multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes demyelination of the brain
and spinal cord, or a loss of the covering around axons. When this occurs, the
axons (the parts of the nerve cells that transmit impulses to other cells) don't
work well. As more areas of the central nervous system are affected by the loss
of myelin, different symptoms develop.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/27/2015