Health Watch – Early Warning: Multiple Sclerosis

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There’s one way your health is like the weather: Early warnings can save lives. Early detection of disease gives you more options for treatment and increases your chances of fighting symptoms or even being cured. Ignoring early attacks of multiple sclerosis can mean that patients miss out on important treatment.

Dr. Anjali Shah, a neurologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that because of the variety of symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, doctors should consider MS as a possibility when they evaluate patients with any of the common symptoms. Symptoms may include blurred or painful vision, numbness, tingling, a burning sensation in arms or legs, fatigue, double vision, bowel or bladder problems and cognitive difficulties. MS is a degenerative neurological disease in which the protective covering of nerves becomes damaged.  

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June 2008

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