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Eur J Neurol. 2004 Jul;11(7):479-82.

Pain and sensory complaints in multiple sclerosis.

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Department of Neurology, Akershus University Hospital, Nordbyhagen, Norway.


Pain is a frequent and disabling symptom among multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The importance of this problem was investigated in a hospital based MS population. A total of 142 MS patients underwent neurological examination and a structured interview for registration of pain and sensory symptoms. One-hundred and five patients reported sensory and/or pain symptoms. Pain was reported by 93 patients and was most frequently located in the limbs and lumbar region. The presence of pain was independent of gender, age at onset and examination, disability, disease course and duration. The most frequently reported characteristics of the symptoms were paresthesia, neuralgia and deep muscular aching. About 40% of the patients reported that the symptoms had important influence on daily activities. Only one-third of the patients were treated for their pain. Pain is a frequent and disabling symptom, independent of demographic and clinical variables in MS patients. The low frequency of treatment for these symptoms indicates a need for improved attention to this problem.

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