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Sexual Problems

As multiple sclerosis progresses, sexual dysfunction may become a problem. Bowel and bladder control may also be lost.

The Effect of Temperature on Symptoms of MS

In about 60 percent of patients with symptoms of 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 patients find that a cold bath may temporarily relieve their symptoms. For the same reason, swimming is often a good exercise choice for people with MS.

Things to Remember About the Signs and Symptoms of MS

The variability of the symptoms of MS can affect a person's entire family, as patients 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 patient and his or her family is immeasurable. Support groups (and counseling) may help MS patients, their families, and friends find ways to cope with the many symptoms of MS the disease can cause.
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