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Depression
Depression, which is unrelated to cognitive problems, is another common MS symptom. In addition, about 10 percent of people suffer from more severe psychotic disorders, such as manic-depression and paranoia.
 
Five percent of people with MS may experience episodes of inappropriate euphoria (extreme happiness) and despair -- both of which are unrelated to the person's actual emotional state. This condition is known as "laughing/weeping syndrome." This syndrome is thought to be due to demyelination in the brain stem, the area of the brain that controls facial expression and emotions, and is usually seen only in severe cases.
 
Sexual Problems
As multiple sclerosis progresses, sexual dysfunction may become a problem. Bowel and bladder control may also be lost.
 

How Temperature Influences MS Symptoms

In about 60 percent of people with MS, heat -- whether generated by temperatures outside the body or by exercise -- may cause a temporary worsening of many MS symptoms. In these cases, reducing the heat eliminates the problem. Some temperature-sensitive people find that a cold bath may temporarily relieve symptoms. For the same reason, swimming is often a good exercise choice for people with MS.
 

Final Thoughts on Symptoms of MS

The variability of MS symptoms can affect a person's entire family, as the affected person may become unable to work or help out around the house. At the same time, the family faces high medical bills and additional expenses for housekeeping assistance and modifications to homes and vehicles. The emotional drain on both the affected person and his or her family is immeasurable. Support groups (and counseling) may help people with MS, their families, and friends find ways to cope with the many symptoms of MS the disease can cause.
 
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