MS and other conditions is almost unavoidable when you have multiple sclerosis. If you live long enough, during the course of your life, something else will probably go wrong with your health.
Sometimes the symptoms of multiple sclerosis may cause or even elevate other conditions. Back pain or joint problems for example. You may develop or aggravate back pain because of the way you walk.
This was a problem for Cir. He had a problem with his back already, but his unsteady gait and imbalance only aggravated the issue. Eventually he had to have surgery to alleviate pain from lumbar stinosis.
The back pain problem maybe wouldn't have been as bad, if Cir hadn't had multiple sclerosis. We'll never know that for sure. But we do know that the fact that he has MS which resulted in difficulty walking, doesn't help matters very much.
The conditions you have may be a direct result of multiple sclerosis or they can be totally unrelated. You may have a family history of diabetes, or osteoporosis. Whatever the case, you should not always feel that every symptom you have is caused by your MS.
Some of the symptoms of MS and other conditions you experience may be very similar to those you already have. You may also notice totally different symptoms. If you suspect that it may be something else besides your MS, be sure to let your doctors know. They can help determine if further examination or testing should be done.
Having MS and other conditions may cause you to need other medications, also. And as we all know, most medicines have side effects. Find out what these side effects are. Also, make sure each of your doctors knows all of the medications you are taking to avoid any complications.
I'm sure each doctor will have taken a complete history. But just to be on the safe side, you need to update them anytime a new medication is prescribed. I try to keep an updated list of all Cir's medications and vitamin supplements, to give to each new doctor. This helps in remembering all the correct dosages. I have this on my laptop so that it's easier to update and I can print a copy whenever I need to.
Some of the other conditions you might have are listed below. Click on the links to read more about each one. This is by no means a complete list. People with MS are subject to the same things that cause disease as everyone else. If you would like to add to this list, contact us here.
Again, if you have a condition that's not on this list and would like to know more about it or if you would like to contribute, contact us here.