Symptoms of multiple system atrophy include slow movement, difficulty bending the limbs, slurred or slow speech, issues with vision and difficulty swallowing, according to Mayo Clinic. Additional symptoms of MSA include tremors, impaired posture and balance, low blood pressure, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and irregular heartbeat.Continue Reading
Due to the fact that MSA affects multiple systems of the body, there are many systemic symptoms associated with the condition, explains Mayo Clinic. It is also common for individuals with MSA to experience abnormal breathing at night, agitated sleep, an impaired control of body temperature, sexual dysfunction and psychiatric issues that include problems controlling emotions. Multiple system atrophy is a rare disorder that is neurological in nature. This condition impairs the autonomic functions of the body, and many symptoms resemble those associated with Parkinson's disease.
Typically, MSA develops in adulthood and is most common among those who are in their 50s or 60s, according to Mayo Clinic. MSA is a progressive illness that eventually leads to death, although there are medications and lifestyle changes that are used to control symptoms. Symptoms of MSA develop fairly rapidly, typically within 10 years, states the National Institutes of Health. There are no medications that slow the progression of MSA, and there is no cure.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases