Pain is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis that affects up to 86 percent of the 2.3 million people diagnosed with MS worldwide. For years doctors denied that MS was associated with pain—however, recent reports support the patient view that MS can indeed be painful.
Types of MS pain
The pain associated with MS can be classified into four major categories: continuous central neuropathic pain, intermittent central neuropathic pain, musculoskeletal pain, and mixed neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain results from abnormal function of the nervous system. Musculoskeletal pain is pain that affects bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
How common is musculoskeletal pain in MS?
A recent study investigated the severity and prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in MS patients in the Mazandaran Province of north Iran. Among 115 participants (76.5 percent female; mean age 30.4±5.8 years; mean disease duration 26.3±24.3 months), 87.8 percent we...
The local weather forecast calls for pain increasing over the next five days and tapering off towards the end of the week. Sound familiar? Many people who have arthritis are very familiar this forecast and know that weather effects pain severity. In fact, many people know what the weather is doing just by how a joint feels. Pain, stiffness and swelling can be as accurate at forecasting the weather as a meteorologist. And those who live in certain climates know exactly how painful some climates can be. What do scientists have to say about this weather phenomenon? Are the rumors true? Does joint pain forecast the weather?
Ouch, it's cold outside. Just looking at temperature, one can easily conclude that l ow temperatures increase pain not only in a joint, but everywhere. Knee pain , rheumatoid pain, and osteoarthritis pain all show consistent increases in severity has the mercury plunges. The reason for this phenomenon probably has something to do with nerve conduction slowing in t...
For 3 weeks now, I have pain that started behind my right ear. I thought it was a pinched nerve, went to chiropractor for adjustment, it's still the same. Also went to hospital Emergency Room they did cat scan, found nothing. Referred me to a neurologist, the appointment is two weeks away. What should I do, can't stand this much longer. I am an 80 year old female. Betty.
Unfortunately, it's virtually impossible to suggest much for you via the Internet. Only a doctor who's had the opportunity to review your medical history, discuss your symptoms with you, and examine you in person can safely suggest anything to relieve your pain because, without knowing what's caused it as well as your medical history, we can't know what's safe or appropriate to suggest.
Two suggestions are to call your family doctor for assistance between now and your appointment with the neurolog...
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