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FAQ's for Multiple Sclerosis Pain

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Is pain a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Initially, pain wasn’t recognized as a symptom of MS. Neurologists classified sensory symptoms like numbness, itching, and tingling as a part of MS, but pain wasn’t considered in the spectrum of symptoms. However, pain is the primary symptom in a few individuals and can cause reduced feelings of well-being and decreased functionality. 

What types of pain accompany multiple sclerosis?

The different kinds of pain that occur with multiple sclerosis include:  


1. Trigeminal neuralgia 

This is a facial pain syndrome which is common for individuals with  multiple sclerosis. It is an electrical and sharp, jabbing pain that you feel on typically only one side. It is generally felt on the cheek. It can lasts for a few seconds but is quite severe and can occur numerous times in one day. You can trigger it by chewing, touching your face, and by feeling a slight breeze as well.


2. Burning limb pain 

This is a burning pain that typically occurs in the legs, however, it can strike any part of the body. The pain is constant and may worsen at night. The limb which has been affected may feel cold sometimes and it may also be sensitive to touch. This is most likely because of altered sensory signals sent from the brain and spinal cord. Medicines like anti-seizure and antidepressants are used for the treatment of the burning pain. 


3. Neck and back pain 

A few people that have multiple sclerosis experience back and neck pain. The pain is moderately severe with a  stiff, aching sensation. Going through trials of different anti-inflammatory drugs might be helpful. Physical activities such as stretching and physical therapy might also prove to be useful.


4. Other types of pain

Some patients often experience in other body parts, most commonly the hip and shoulders.

Is there anything else you can do?

Stretching and exercising regularly can reduce some pains like muscular and back pain. These types of activities can bring about a sense of well-being and help reduce fatigue as well. Restful sleep is also vital for fighting pain.