Every MS patient is more than familiar with this feeling and the fact that it can occur in any part of the body at any time without warning.
MS numbness in the hands can be a major problem as it can make it hard to grip smaller objects, make going to work or even driving difficult.
There are several levels of numbness ranging from the pins and needles feeling that most people associate with their feet or hands falling asleep.
Why Do I Get MS Numbness in the Hands? When you read what the medical community has to say about MS numbness in hands, they say that the pain that is associated with this symptoms is not much more than an annoyance or mildly unpleasant.
They also refer to it as non-disabling; both of these statements are very easy for a person who does not have to deal with the pain to say.
For the person who has this disease it can be all of the above and more.
The numbness is a direct result of the damage that is caused by the body's own immune system as it attacks the myelin sheath that protects the brain and the spinal cord.
Once this layer has been destroyed, the nerves can no longer communicate effectively with the brain and important signals from your extremities may not reach the brain properly if at all.
What Do I Do about this MS Numbness in the Hands? In the early stages of MS the numbness in hands, feet, legs and arms is likely to go away after a short period of time and leave no residual numbness behind.
As the disease progresses the numbness might go away and leave some residual numbness behind.
In the later stages it can remain and get progressively worse resulting in paralysis.
You will find that some doctors will prescribe corticosteroids to help reduce the inflammation that causes the numbness.
You can however treat the numbness of hands from MS without the use of any medicines or drugs.
More patients are finding that switching to a healthy diet full of green vegetables and lean meats can help reduce or eliminate the numbness.
Our modern diets are loaded with processed foods full of flour and grains that are known to cause inflammation and can lead to exacerbations that manifest themselves as numbness and tingling.