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Respiratory Problems in People with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Jan 14 2009 8:24pm
Coughing and Shortness of Breath as Symptoms of MS

Written ByJulie Stachowiak, Ph.D., -- Updated: June 11, 2008 Health's Disease and Condition content is reviewed by Suman Jayadev, MD


Just when you thought that the tingling and numbness, the fatigue, the MS hug and the memory problems were enough, turns out that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are prone to respiratory problems, as well. In fact, most of us would test pretty low on pulmonary function tests designed to assess the strength of our respiratory muscles.

Fortunately, for most of us, these problems are not noticeable or do not impede us in any significant way. Even better, it turns out there may be exercises that we can do to prevent this from getting worse.

What Do Respiratory Problems in MS Feel Like?
MS-related respiratory problems can take several forms, including:
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing deeply
Frequent sighing
Not enough air

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