There are two main types of pain associated with multiple sclerosis – neuropathic pain (nerve pain) and musculoskeletal (nociceptive pain). Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to the nerves in the brain and spinal cord and musculoskeletal pain is caused by damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue.
Experiencing pain on a daily basis is common for people living with MS. It is important that you understand which types of pain is affecting you and why. Below are the specific types of pain caused by MS and how you can take the proper steps to eliminate painful discomfort from your daily life. If you have noticed an onset of chronic pain brought on by multiple sclerosis, please speak with your doctor to discuss treatment plans that work for you.
According to the National MS Society, “[pain] can be intensified by the fear that it is associated with a worsening of the disease,” making the number one requirement for pain control is a proper diagnosis.
Source: National MS Society
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