Each person with multiple sclerosis has a different pain story. Some don’t have any at all. Or you might feel a tingle, stab, or spasm.
One out of two people with the condition hurt for a long time. But there are several ways to get relief.
Origins of the Ouch
The pain you feel from MS can come from different places in your body. It can be due to the damage to the neurons in your brain and spine. Or it can stem from your bones, joints, and muscles.
Lots of things affect what you feel, including...
It’s a matter of simple anatomy: Women tend to get more UTIs than men, Berger says.
“Bacterial and viral infections can make symptoms worse and spur relapses, he says. “UTIs tend to worsen clinical symptoms that people already have.”
For some women with MS, ovulation and menstrual cycles can temporarily worsen their MS symptoms, says Thomas Leist, MD, director of the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
It doesn’t mean you’re having a relapse. It usually gets better within 24 hours.
A woman with MS who wants to become pregnant should talk to her doctor about what her treatment plan will be, since none of the MS medicines are approved for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.