Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Glossary

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Glossary - Pa - Ph

  • palpitation - a rapid pulsation; especially abnormally rapid beating of the heart when excited by violent exertion, strong emotion, or disease
  • pancreatitis - inflammation of the pancreas
  • papilledema - swelling of the optic disc (where the optic nerve enters the eyeball); usually associated with an increase in intraocular pressure
  • paralysis - loss of the ability to move muscles or muscle groups; usually associated with serious neurological conditions or mechanical injury
  • paranoid reaction - acute paranoid state often in response to external stimuli or the effects of drugs
  • parosmia - distortion in the sense of smell; often with the presence of phantom, usually unpleasant, smells
  • pericardial effusion - build up of fluid within the pericardial sac (the sac which lines the heart and large valves)
  • periodontal abscess - localized, pus-forming inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth
  • peritonitis - inflammation of the peritoneum (membrane that lines the walls of the abdominal cavity)
  • petechia - small red or purple spots on the surface of the skin or mucous membranes as the result of tiny hemorrhages of blood vessels
  • photophobia - abnormal intolerance to light; often with pain in the eyes when exposed to bright lights
  • photosensitivity - increase in the reactivity of the skin to sunlight

 

 

 

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