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Common Symptoms Of MS Every Woman Ignores But Shouldn’t!
Multiple Sclerosis is a dreaded disease with absolutely no cure. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to diagnose as it has a wide array of symptoms. Some people spend several years attempting to get a proper diagnosis. Since MS has multiple symptoms that mimic other diseases, most doctors spend quite a bit of time ruling out other problems before they come to the conclusion that it’s multiple sclerosis.
Some people are “lucky” in the sense that they get an MRI done quickly, which finds the typical lesions on the brain. However, the truth is that not everyone gets these lesions. Getting diagnosed as quickly as possible can help you get treatment that can delay the onset of MS.
Common symptoms of MS are:
- Extreme fatigue
- Vision problems such as loss of vision in one eye, double vision, or blurred vision
- Episodes of confused thinking
- Episodes of slurred speech
- Unsteady or an uneven gait when walking
- Unexplained pain, sometimes widespread, chronic pain
- Sensations of electric shock in the extremities
- Frequent headaches
- Numbness in the hands, legs, or feet
- Tingling sensation in the hands, legs, or feet
- Frequent urinary tract infections
There are several options when it comes to treating MS. Many doctors will treat MS with a wide variety of medications to help alleviate the pain that often comes with MS. You might experience pain anywhere in the body including joint pain, frequent headaches, and eye pain. Doctors will often prescribe muscle relaxants, steroids, anti-seizure medications, and even narcotics to deal with pain.
One of the main problems with these drugs is that they all have side effects and they don’t work for everyone. You would be better off using these drugs as a last resort after you have exhausted all other options.
Let’s take a look at some of the more natural things that can help you handle your MS without resorting to dangerous pharmaceuticals.
1. Cranberry Juice
Many women find that they suffer from frequent bouts with urinary tract infections with MS. Consuming cranberry juice on a regular basis can prevent this from occurring. Cranberry juice contains compounds which prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. This keeps them suspended in your urine so you can flush them out. If cranberry juice isn’t to your liking, you can consume cranberry supplements.
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2. Vitamin D
Another common problem with MS is osteoporosis. Since most people who suffer from MS have been found to have low vitamin D levels, you can help correct both problems by either getting about 30 minutes of natural sunlight on your bare skin each day, or by consuming vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D has also been shown in some studies to help slow down progression of this disease.
3. Ginkgo biloba
This ancient herbal remedy is known to give people more energy and help the brain to work better by improving circulation. Since MS tends to come with crushing fatigue and brain fog, you might want to consider consuming some of this herb. Always buy a good quality supplement from a reputable source as some of the cheaper brands contain little or no ginkgo biloba. Take according to directions.
If you find that you are suffering from severe pain, before you turn to pain killers, you might want to give acupuncture a try. This ancient technique from China has been proven to help stop or lessen pain levels. Almost all MS patients who have tried this method have reported lowered levels of pain.
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Yoga is a terrific way to deal with just about any disease, including MS. Yoga allows the body to completely relax and teaches the mind to focus. If you don’t believe it, ask any MS patient who uses yoga to control pain and take back control of their body.
6. Herbal Supplements
There is a wide variety of supplements that can help you deal with various symptoms of MS. Lavender and peppermint, for example, are known to help relieve headaches. Dandelion tea is known to help detox the body. Although scientists don’t always understand how these herbs work, the fact is that they do for many MS patients.
7. Essential Oils
Many MS sufferers get relief from a wide variety of essential oils as well. Basil oil, used as a massage oil, often helps with muscle spasms. Joint pain is often helped with a mixture of wintergreen, menthol, and cayenne pepper oil. Severe headaches are often relieved with lavender oil and brain fog can be lifted with a mixture of sandalwood, frankincense, and ylang ylang. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different oils!