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MS signs are not always visible

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So many signs of Multiple Sclerosis are visible to those around us. Obviously, if you are in a wheelchair or need devices to help you get around, it raises awareness of others. However, according to HealthCentral, there are five hidden signs even those with the disease are not fully aware of:

Fatigue is probably the most prevalent among sufferers of MS and other auto-immune diseases. When bodies can no longer function, it is time for a nap. If your lifestyle allows; take a short nap to recharge your battery for the next task.

Another of the invisible signs of MS is depression. Facing life’s challenges is not always easy, and the effects of MS on the brain can contribute to depression. If you are sad, irritable, have lost interest in things you once loved, have difficulty concentrating, or even have thoughts of suicide or death, please see your doctor.

Decline in cognition is perhaps another impairment that you are facing. It can occur early in MS and can cause frustration and affect your quality of life. Try to keep your cognition from deteriorating by doing puzzles, word search and things that help with cognition to stay sharp.

Sexual dysfunction can affect up to 75 percent of women with MS and 90 percent of men. Many people are embarrassed to talk to their doctor about this aspect of the disease and if doctors do not ask, it may go without being addressed and affect your quality of life.

Do you sleep through the night? Sleep quality can certainly be affected by MS. Sleep disorders are not uncommon in people with MS. Please let your doctor know if you have trouble sleeping. This can be addressed by medication, and if it continues, perhaps a sleep study is in order.

Don’t neglect any or all the invisible signs of MS. A good suggestion is to keep a wellness diary. Free download is here. Wellness diaries are also available on your phone or you can just write it on a calendar. Noting the days you have symptoms and bringing them to your doctor can help you regain the quality of life that you took for granted as being lost for good. Remember; only you know how you feel.

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