While it is important to identify multiple sclerosis (MS) in its early stages, some people mistakenly think they have MS when something else is wrong.
“Some patients have tingling or numbness in their hand, fatigue, chronic pain and trouble sleeping and believe they have MS,” says Andrew Godbey, MD, MSPH, neurologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “They may instead have a condition such as fibromyalgia or peripheral neuropathy.”
While fatigue is a common symptom of about 80 percent of MS patients, it can be a common sign for other problems. Other signs of MS may include progressive weakness accompanied by numbness or tingling in the face, body or extremities, difficult with gait, feeling off balance or lightheaded and onset of blurred vision or pain on eye movement.
“At Saint Francis’ Multiple Sclerosis Clinic,” says Godbey, “we use health history and imaging of the brain to make a definitive diagnosis.”
To learn more about the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, call 573-331-3000 or click here.