If you watch late night television, you may see former talk show host, Montel Williams talking about multiple sclerosis. He was diagnosed with the condition over 10 years ago. Not long after his diagnosis, the television personality launched the Montel Williams MS Foundation to further the scientific study of MS. Another celebrity that suffered from the condition was comedian, Richard Pryor. By the time the funny man died of a heart attack in 2005, he had started using a wheel chair due to the severity of his condition.
While we often hear about multiple sclerosis, many people don’t know much about the condition. Reports have shown that Black women suffer from MS more than women of other races. Below is more information about the disease:
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have their first symptoms between the ages of 20 and 40.
Early Symptoms of MS
Blurred or double vision
Clumsiness or a lack of coordination
Loss of balance
Weakness in an arm or leg.
No two people have exactly the same symptoms of MS.
You may have a single symptom, and then go months or years without any others. A problem can also happen just one time, go away, and never return. For some people, the symptoms become worse within weeks or months.
Common Symptoms of MS
These are the most common changes to the mind and body.
Abnormal sensations: People with MS often say they feel a “pins and needles” sensation. They may also have numbness, itching, burning, stabbing, or tearing pains. About half of people with MS have these uncomfortable symptoms. Fortunately, they can be managed or treated.
Bladder problems: About 8 in 10 people have bladder problems, which can be treated. You may need to pee often, urgently, need to go at night, or have trouble emptying your bladder fully. Bowel problems, especially constipation, are also common.
Difficulty walking: MS can cause muscle weakness or spasms, which make it harder to walk. Balance problems, numb feet, and fatigue can also make walking difficult.
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