MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis
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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Pains of MS and Midlife


The Pains of MS and Midlife

  
   Nothing is more challenging to me than to wake up in the morning with a new pain related to the MS I have had since being diagnosed in 1997. This new challenge could be temporary or it can live on for days. I am now in my mid 50’s and also have become aware of the ‘Normal’ changes that ones body goes through at this age. I think this is an unfair ‘double whammy’.


    
   Let me start with balance. I am not in a wheelchair or use a cane but sometimes I feel that is where I should be. When I am in my own home I know where everything is so I am in control. Out in public this is a different story. I need to keep turning my head to watch where I am stepping and the movement of my head going up and down and side to side puts a spin into my walking.
   Using stairs is another obstacle in my life. I know now that in my 50’s I will never take two steps at a time, unless I fall down them. I recently had the pleasure of doing this stunt and received many bumps and bruises. BUT I AM OK! My feet feel like cement blocks with buzzing and tingling in my legs. I definitely have to keep my hands on the railings for balance as I slowly lift those cement blocks up or down each stair. I am by no means a fast stair climber or a stair descender.
   My life is now a lot of Throbbing, Burning Shooting Pain. Is it MS or just plain Midlife?

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