Cognitive impairment problems can be caused by MS. These may include trouble with:
Memory, especially short-term memory.
Keeping attention on a mental task, such as a math calculation.
Finding the right words to express yourself.
These problems are often quite mild early in the course of the disease. But they may get worse with time, depending on the location of tissue damage (MS lesions) in the brain. Side effects of medicines used to relieve physical MS symptoms may cause cognitive problems.
Emotional problems may include:
Depression. This is common in people with MS.
Inappropriate cheerfulness (euphoria).
Uncontrollable outbursts of crying or laughing at strange or inappropriate times.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm DO - Neurology
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