Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Glossary

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Glossary - D

  • deafness - partial or complete loss of hearing; inability to perceive sound
  • delirium - temporary state of mental confusion resulting from high fever, intoxication, shock, or other causes, and characterized by anxiety, disorientation, memory impairment, hallucinations, trembling, and incoherent speech
  • delusions - gross misrepresentations of reality; false belief, strongly held despite evidence to the contrary, especially as a symptom of mental illness. Typical delusions include those of illness, persecution, romance, grandeur, and control.
  • dementia - a group of symptoms involving progressive impairment of brain function.
  • depersonalization - disorder affecting emotions and behavior where one's own sense of reality is temporarily lost or changed
  • diabetes insipidus - a rare form of diabetes resulting from a deficiency of vasopressin (ADH - Antidiuretic hormone - the pituitary hormone that regulates the kidneys); leads to frequent urination and pronounced thirst
  • diabetes mellitus - disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood and urine; disorder of carbohydrate metabolism
  • diplopia - double vision
  • duodenal ulcer - ulcer situated in the duodenum
  • dyspnea - difficulty in breathing; shortness of breath
  • dystonia - a movement disorder of neurological origin characterized by sustained muscle contractions, usually producing twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures or positions

 

 

 

Multiple Sclerosis

Approx 50,000 people in Canada have Multiple Sclerosis.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The symptoms of multiple sclerosis are varied and can occur suddenly, then disappear again just as quickly. There are no specific sets of symptoms applicable to any of the types of multiple sclerosis. Additionally, symptoms of multiple sclerosis tend to vary considerably from one person to another and also to be distant in time... Read More