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What are some symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

The brain and spinal cord are essential to the normal functioning of the human body. If a person in Newark suffers from a condition that affects these systems, it can eventual lead to a disability. For example, multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects a person's central nervous system. However, not everyone with multiple sclerosis exhibits the same symptoms. Instead there are a variety of symptoms that a person with multiple sclerosis may have at any given time.

For example, a person's limbs might feel weak or numb. These symptoms may only appear on one half of the person's body at a time. Multiple sclerosis can also cause either partial or full blindness of one eye at a time. It may also hurt for the person to move their eyes. Double vision is also a symptom of multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis can also cause pain or a tingling sensation. Feelings of electric-shock may happen when a person with multiple sclerosis moves their neck in a certain way, often when a person bends his or her neck forward. A person with multiple sclerosis may also be uncoordinated, have tremors or have problems walking steadily.

A person with multiple scleroses may also slur their speech. They may be tired and dizzy. Finally, they may have difficulties controlling their bowel and bladder movements.

While at first these symptoms may only appear some of the time, with periods of remission, in 60 to 70 percent of those with multiple sclerosis, their disease will steadily progress. Some people with multiple sclerosis will eventually reach a point where there are no relapses, and they suffer the symptoms of the condition continually.

As this shows, people with multiple sclerosis may be unable to hold down a job, especially when the disease progresses to the point where it is debilitating. Without being able to work, a person's finances can be stretched thin. This can add mental stress, in addition to the physical ailment the person is suffering. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration recognizes that multiple sclerosis is a disabling condition. Therefore, those with multiple sclerosis can seek Social Security disability benefits, to help them cope financially when they are no longer able to work.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Multiple sclerosis," Accessed July 17, 2017

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