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MS Living Well Podcast: Uncommon Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

May 7 2024

Awareness of the more uncommon multiple sclerosis symptoms can lead to an earlier diagnosis and appropriate treatment. For instance, experiencing electrical shock sensations when bending the neck forward, known as Lhermitte’s sign, may indicate an attack on the cervical spinal cord. Likewise, excruciating bolts of pain across either side of the face, called trigeminal neuralgia, can be caused by a MS relapse. The MS hug, an unfriendly, squeezing sensation around the torso, can respond to muscle relaxants and nerve pain medications. Some MS symptoms, like tingling in legs, only surface when exercising or overheated (Uhthoff’s phenomenon).

Vertigo, a spinning sensation, can be a sign of MS, especially when lasting days and accompanied by other symptoms like gait imbalance, facial numbness and double vision. Brainstem attacks may also lead to swallowing issues and shaky vision. While MS bladder issues are commonly addressed, bowel problems, including constipation, urgency, incontinence and trouble evacuating, should not be overlooked. Overcoming stigma is essential to treat sexual dysfunction.

This podcast episode is sponsored by TG Therapeutics.

Barry Singer MD, Director of The MS Center for Innovations in Care, interviews:

Mary Ann Picone MD

Mary Ann Picone MD is Medical Director of the MS Center at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey since 1993. Dr. Picone earned her medical degree and completed residency in neurology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is currently an Associate Professor at Touro University Osteopathic School. Dr. Picone has been a principal investigator in research focusing on disease modification of MS, symptom management, and quality of life improvement for patients and families. She has also authored and edited several books.

Bruce Hughes MD

Bruce Hughes MD is Director of the Ruan Multiple Sclerosis Center, part of MercyOne, in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated medical school from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and completed his neurology training at the University of Iowa. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has substantial clinical trial experience in the development of new treatments for MS.

BY: Barry Singer, MD DATE: May 7, 2024 TOPIC: Podcasts