Symptoms include blurry vision and eye pain. It usually goes away on its own.
You might see double.
These rapid, uncontrollable eye movements can be side to side, up and down, or in circles.
It can hurt to do anything that involves touching your face -- even something as simple as brushing your teeth.
Usually a physical exam and an MRI can diagnose these conditions. Medications to treat them include steroids and drugs that stop convulsions.
MS can also affect your brain stem (the doctor will call this your cerebellum). It drives your movements based on signals from your brain and feedback from your nerves. When nerve fibers in the cerebellum get damaged, you can have a number of problems including:
This umbrella term means uncontrolled movements. You might sound a little slurred when you speak, or you might be unintelligible. Your hands might shake and you could have problems with balance or weakness in your limbs. There are no drugs that treat ataxia, so doctors often use medications for other conditions. Strengthening exercises, yoga and tai chi can help. So can walking aids like canes.
This only affects a small number of people with MS. A doctor called an audiologist can diagnose it.
This happens when the nerves that control muscles in your mouth and throat get damaged. You may have trouble with liquids or solids, feel like something is struck in your throat, or cough and choke when you eat or drink. Experts called speech language pathologists can diagnose and treat it. They’ll give you a drink that shows up on X-rays and watch while you swallow and chew to find out where the problem areas are. Treatment includes changing your diet and the way you eat, plus exercises to help you swallow.
Nerve damage in parts of your brain called the thalamus and the basal ganglia, which are both involved in controlling movement, can also cause tremor. Surgery to disrupt nerves cells in the thalamus can help with tremor, but it’s risky.