Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system. It disrupts the flow of information between the brain and other parts of the body. In mild cases of MS, the patient will experience blurred vision and numbness and tingling in the extremities. More severe cases can cause paralysis, loss of vision and mobility.
Back pain is another
For example, they may feel pain due to nerve damage. Medical experts call this neuropathic pain.
Individuals may also feel pain due to physical changes caused by MS. For example, multiple sclerosis can cause a person’s leg weakness, which can affect the way they walk. This in turn can cause back and hip pain.
Back pain in other MS patients may not be related to MS, but is related to other health problems, such as muscle strain or a herniated disc. Compared to people without MS, people with MS may have a harder time compensating for this pain, which can worsen the pain over time.
This article will explain the possible causes and treatment options for back pain in MS patients.
Cramps are a common symptom of MS. Muscle tightness or stiffness also includes extensive muscle cramps. It usually occurs on the legs, groin, and buttocks, but it can also affect the lower back.
There are two main types of cramps: flexor cramps and extensor cramps.
Flexor spasm occurs when the muscles are so tight that the limbs are bent and difficult to straighten.
In contrast, when the muscles are so tight that the limbs remain straight and difficult to bend, extensor spasm develops.
Many factors can make cramps worse, including:
- Sudden movement
- Location change
- Extremely hot and cold temperatures
Mild cramps are not painful. However, more severe cramps can become very painful and make performing daily tasks more challenging.
Spasms can also cause muscle cramps or cramps, which can be severe and cause more discomfort.
Treat and manage spasms
The degree of cramps varies from person to person. This means that treatments are also often different.
Medical professionals often use the following methods to treat spasticity in MS patients:
Without treatment, spasms can become more severe and cause complications, including contractures (frozen or immobilized joints) and pressure sores.
If a person has MS and has cramps, they should contact a healthcare professional to discuss treatment options.
MS damages nerves. Because these nerves “short-circuit” as they transmit signals from the brain to the body, this can cause pain in MS patients.
Medical experts call this type of pain neuropathic pain.It is one of them
This kind of pain can occur throughout the body. If a person has neuropathic pain in the back, it can manifest as a sharp, tingling, or shooting sensation. A person may also feel a burning sensation in the lower back. The pain felt as if it had moved from the lower back to the leg.
Many factors may increase the likelihood that a person will experience neuropathic pain, including:
Learn more about MS neuralgia here.
Treat neuropathic pain
Antiepileptic drugs and certain antidepressants are
However, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Association,The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved these drugs for the treatment of pain caused by MS.
Other treatments for neuropathic pain include:
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Usually, Lhermitte’s sign means that MS has caused damage to the nerves in the neck. Excessive excitement is another possible cause, which is the increased firing of nerve fibers in the brain.
There are other factors that increase a person’s risk of experiencing pain.them
Treatment of Lhermitte’s sign
Lhermitte’s signs are painful, similar to electric shocks, and not long in duration. Usually, the pain subsides on its own over time. This is why healthcare professionals usually do not treat the pain itself.
However, for many people, education about the triggers of the Lhermitte logo can help them manage their discomfort.
Medical professionals may wish to control the causes of stress to reduce the likelihood that a person will develop Lhermitte’s sign.
In some cases, a person
A person may also wish to wear an electrical stimulation device. These can use mild currents to reduce pain signals and relax neck muscles.
Many people with MS may have muscle and mobility problems, which can affect a person’s gait and posture.
MS can also cause pain or numbness in the legs or feet. People with MS may adjust their walking style so that their weight is unevenly distributed to compensate for this. By walking in this way, they may put extra pressure on their backs, which can lead to back pain.
If people with MS have limited mobility, they can use crutches or other assistive devices to walk. However, if they use them incorrectly, it can also put extra pressure on the back and may cause back pain.
Treat muscle and mobility issues
A person may receive various treatments to solve muscle and mobility problems.Common treatment options
Learn about the benefits of physical therapy for MS patients here.
People with MS may experience back pain not related to MS. However, certain reasons are more common in people with this disease.
Reasons that may particularly affect MS patients
The following possible causes of back pain may affect MS patients.
A herniated disc
The intervertebral discs in the spine cushion the vertebrae. If an intervertebral disc ruptures or tears, what medical experts call a herniated disc, then a person may experience back pain. This is because the nucleus in the intervertebral disc pushes outward, putting pressure on nearby nerves.
Health care professionals sometimes refer to a herniated disc as a slipped or ruptured disc. A herniated disc can also cause numbness or weakness in the limbs.
Learn about exercises for herniated discs here.
If a person’s sciatic nerve is stimulated, it may cause pain. Medical experts call this condition sciatica.
If a person suffers from sciatica, they may experience shooting pain in the lower back and buttocks. They may also feel numbness in their legs and tingling in their feet and toes.
Learn about stretching to relieve sciatica-related pain here.
Arthritis is the general term for joint inflammation. It affects a person’s joints, tissues around the joints, and other connective tissues, and may cause back pain.
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Learn about the best home remedies for arthritis here.
Osteoporosis causes a person’s bones to become weaker and easier to break. This affects the bones of the human spine, which can cause back pain.
Learn about natural ways to increase bone density here.
Other causes of back pain
Other causes of back pain include:
- Muscle strain
- Bad posture
- Muscle tension
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle damage
- Kidney problems
Here are a number of methods medical professionals can use to treat back pain in patients with MS:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
Learn more about MS treatment here.
A person may also wish to try certain methods to prevent or treat back pain. These include:
- Exercise regularly
- Practice mindfulness and meditation
- Avoid trigger
- Improve posture
- Correct use of walking sticks or other assistive devices
Learn home remedies to relieve back pain here.
MS is a disease that disrupts the flow of information between the brain and other parts of the body. This can cause many symptoms, including back pain.
There are many possible causes of back pain in MS patients, such as cramps, muscle tightness, nerve damage, Lhermitte sign, muscle problems, and mobility problems.
A person can treat back pain in many ways, including painkillers, physical therapy, CBT, occupational therapy, and massage.
With the right treatment, a person can effectively control back pain. Patients with MS should discuss back pain and possible treatment options with their doctor.