Since Jack Osborne announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the world's spot light has turned on the disease and many will be wondering if they too are at risk of developing the condition.
MS is a common disease of the central nervous system and generally affects young adults in their 20s and 30s. However, women are more prone to the condition than men,
Thus, it is important for those in these risk brackets to be aware of the symptoms and seek a doctor if any should occur.
However, as Pam Macfarlane, chief executive of the MS Trust, explained, the difficulty is that symptoms are wide-ranging and can often be misleading of other conditions.
Nonetheless, there is a broad category of complaints that could indicate the presence of MS.
"Common symptoms experienced at the time of diagnosis are fatigue, loss of vision in one eye, blurred or double vision, mobility or balance problems, numbness, pins and needles, or burning sensations," Ms Macfarlane stated.
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