Does Multiple Sclerosis Cause Neck Pain and Stiffness?
Cramping, pain, and fatigue can all come with MS, but certain types of neck pain can help doctors zero in on a diagnosis.
Problems with balance and mobility, fatigue, vision, and even bladder control are common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), but pain can be an issue, too.
About half of all people with MS report having significant pain related to their disease, and these pain types can range from direct pain caused by lesions in the nervous system to indirect pain from the misfiring of damaged neurons.
The neck can be a common location of pain in people with MS for a number of reasons. Read on to learn more about neck pain and MS, including tips for finding relief.
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.