Retired pharmacist Marla Ahlgrimm explains that more than 2 million people worldwide suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS). There may be many more women with the mysterious disease who mistake their symptoms for hormonal issues. Here, Ahlgrimm opens up about some of the more unusual signs of MS.
At a certain age, we will all stop having a period. However, if you are less than 40 years old and don’t have a cycle for more than three months, you may have an undiagnosed disorder, like multiple sclerosis.
There are numerous causes of balance issues, including stroke and heart disease. But, as Marla Ahlgrimm explains, weakness in the limbs may also indicate an early sign of multiple sclerosis, which affects your motor nerves. If you find you have trouble standing straight or are falling and tripping more easily, visit your doctor.
Most of us are all too familiar with occasional moodiness, especially when Mother Nature comes to call each month. Stress, insomnia, and numerous other medical conditions can also cause irritability and emotional distress. These issues are also common in MS patients with approximately 60 percent of those diagnosed also reporting cognitive issues. Marla Ahlgrimm says if you can predict your moodiness, it likely is not MS and has more to do with your hormones.
While your eyes may decline with age, Marla Ahlgrimm says is not normal to suddenly lose your sense of color. Many of those affected with multiple sclerosis describe their vision changes as looking through a dirty contact lens. These issues are known as optic neuritis and may also be triggered by an autoimmune disease, infection, or vitamin deficiency.
Not going to the bathroom after having a glass of water sounds like a dream come true. But, Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that it’s not. If you are constantly thirsty and satisfy that thirst by drinking plenty of water but do not urinate for more than 24 hours, you may have a problem.