Howdy, folks. Yesterday someone shared my post, 5 Things All Multiple Sclerosis Patients Need on Facebook and my Google Analytics wept with joy. Whoever shared it allowed me to meet my traffic goals early so I owe you one. Show your face, oh mighty article sharer. Or just leave a comment. Whatever floats your boat.
Due to the success of the aforementioned post, I will now get down to more MS business. I once noted that MS stands for Mucho Special but it can also stand for Mucho Sensations. Tinkling, prickling, numbness – the list goes on. I’ve experienced a lot of symptoms and below are just five of my favorites. Yes, favorites because I don’t leave home without em’.
5) Prickling – I’ll be minding my own business when all of a sudden it starts to rain. I know it’s raining because I feel the rain drops on my arm. When I look up, I’m disappointed to learn that there’s no thunder storm brewing because I’m in my apartment. It’s not flooding either. It’s just the MS fucking with me. Owned.
4) Speech Disorder – My favorite thing EVER is having a brilliant thought or a productive idea to share and then nothing brilliant or productive comes out. Either the word I wanted to use is suddenly on a lunch break and unavailable or my entire thought disappears completely. Example: What I think: “While Monsanto has the funds and political support to completely destroy our worlds food supply and kill us all within years, I find that the people who buy their products are equally as responsible. What we need to do is educate lower income households on the benefits of eating nutritious meals. What I say: I miss cheese.
3) Clumsiness – I’m halfway through breaking most of my drinking glasses and when I’m done, I’ll buy more glasses that will likely break as well. Luckily our dinner plates are unbreakable. I drop something at least five to six times a day. Things just don’t want to stay in my hands and it’s not because they are dirty. It’s because MS doesn’t want them to stay in my hands. Note to yourself: don’t hire me to be a waitress or to deliver your baby.
2) Brain Fog – There are instances when I can think about everything and nothing at the same time. Or my mind goes blank and I forget what lettuce looks like. Sometimes it feels like this: imagine yourself driving to a gorgeous island. You’re speeding to this island but you have to stop abruptly because boats have to pass below. The bridge lifts and you have to wait for an hour. By the time the bridge is a bridge again, you forget where you’re going and why. You also ran out of gas because it was hot outside and you were running your AC. Owned.
1) Balance Issues – I can relate to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. All of the other buildings are standing straight and Pisa is all alone, swaying to the side. My most notable experience with balance, or lack there of, was whilst walking the streets of South Beach, Miami with Vinny. I was wearing heels and strutting like I was auditioning for a modeling career. And then SPLAT. My ankle went out and I fell to the concrete floor, bruising my knee in the process. A group of young fellas passed by and they were all like, “damn! The floor moved right beneath you!” Uhm, thanks for the commentary. Without it, I wouldn’t have known what happened.
It’s not as bad as it sounds. An anti-inflammatory diet actually helps a lot of the symptoms and when I’m eating well, I’m feeling and thinking well. Unfortunately diet doesn’t solve all problems and I continue to lean like Pisa.
How about you? What is your best/worst MS symptoms? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it.