9 Ways Multiple Sclerosis Affects Your Body From Head to Toe

Sexuality
There is no evidence that suggests MS affects fertility in men or women. And for women, many find that their MS goes into remission during pregnancy. However, between 20 percent and 40 percent will relapse after they have given birth.

Sexual dysfunction is common in MS, this could be due to a variety of reasons both physical and emotional. Nerve damage, fatigue, general pain and the effects of depression can all have an effect on a person’s libido. However, these can often be overcome with some medication or a little bit of planning.

Skeletal Structure
The regular use of steroids and lack of exercise puts multiple sclerosis patients at a higher risk of osteoporosis. Exercise is important to help keep bones strong and healthy and to avoid excess bone density loss.  People with multiple sclerosis are also more likely to be deficient in vitamin D, which plays a vital role in bone health.

Heart
Researchers have discovered that women with MS are more likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems than those without the condition. Regular exercise and a good diet are essential to help avoid problems such as stroke, heart disease or heart failure.

MORE: Important things to remember if you have MS.

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2 comments

  1. Jo Riley says:

    Based on this information & the different symptoms by those with MS, wouldn’t it make sense that the differences may be based on where the lesions in the brain & spinal cord are located. If that can be determined, it may help in knowing what symptoms to expect.

  2. Don says:

    Good article. My only suggestion would be to remove “rarely” and replace with “sometimes”. Conversations with our Doctors and Friends are frustrating enough as it is,having to justify rare symptoms for a relatively uncommon dsease is maddening.

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