MS news articles for February 2001
of multiple sclerosis
Many people, including
doctors, do not realize that multiple sclerosis can cause cognitive as
well as physical impairment. However, recent research shows that 40 percent
to 60 percent of people with MS develop some degree of cognitive symptoms.
These can include:
Short-term memory loss:
"Where did I put my keys?" Patient cannot remember where she parked the
car or what she had for breakfast but can remember telephone number of
a childhood friend.
Fluency with words:
Patient knows the word he's looking for, knows the meaning but at the moment
the actual word just won't come off the tongue.
Forgetfulness: The patient
may retain the first part of a message and forget the rest.
The patient has an appointment at 5 p.m. Oct. 3, but that information gets
transposed in his head to 3 p.m. Oct. 5.
The patient has difficulty keeping two things in mind at once. A receptionist
gets lost trying to answer the telephone, open mail and deal with people
who come to the desk with questions.
Judgment and problem
solving: The patient locks her keys inside the house and gets frustrated
because she knows how to solve the problem but at the moment can't figure
out the steps.
expression: Crying when something's not sad or giggling when something's
Source: the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society, Oregon Chapter and the Multiple Sclerosis Center
of Oregon at Oregon Health Sciences University.
Copyright 2001 Oregon