MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis
As a person with MS, I bring a personal commitment to the work I do.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MS related Body Sensation Symptoms

My feet are mighty tingly  
and walking's not so easy.
Could you please lend me a seat 
so I can rest my MS feet?

Sensory Symptoms are a group of symptoms in multiple sclerosis that are related to bodily sensations such as tingling, itching, burning, difficulty in ascertaining joint position, and tightness--described as a constricting feeling such as a girdle, band, or glove. Sensory Nerves are nerves that relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations.

Lhermitte's Sign is another common MS symptom, that is a sudden painful electric sensation radiating down the neck as it is flexed. 

I also experience tightness of the skin on my feet and fingers. Stretching and expanding my toes and fingers helps loosen the tightness.  

Use this hand stretch daily to ease tightness.

One of the MS symptoms that I live with 24/7 is the feeling of pins and needles on my feet and hands. This is also known as paresthesia, spontaneously occurring sensations of burning, prickling, tingling, or creeping on the skin. This is one of the primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis. These sensations are caused by the areas of damage on the myelin of the central nervous system.

Some people with multiple sclerosis suffer from sensory ataxia, which is severe numbness in their feet that they cannot feel the floor or know where their feet are, which may lead to a loss of dexterity or clumsiness, even though there may be no symptoms of weakness involved.

Another MS symptom is neuralgia. This is a nerve pain that can be severe. It appears along the length of a nerve and arises within the nerve itself, not in the tissue from which the sensation seems to arise. 

Sensory nerves are nerves that relay information from your skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let you feel pain and other sensations.
In the evening when I lay down for the night I really feel the tightness, nerve pain and the pins and needles in my feet and legs. It takes me awhile to find a comfortable position to avoid the nerve pain felt in my hips, legs and feet. My legs can't be laying on top of each other, my hips often feel like I am laying on a rolled up blanket and my feet I just try to make comfortable in the position I lay in.

Treatment options: Medications used are some antidepressants such as Nortriptyline which are effective in nerve pain, and some anti-seizure medications such as carbamazepine, gabapentin, and others. Duloxetine hydrochloride has been approved for peripheral nerve pain and may also be used for the pain related to MS.

Regular exercise and stretching do reduce certain kinds of pain, particularly back pain and muscular pain. Such activities also help with fatigue and increase a sense of well-being.

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FootSmart HeatFreeze Arch Massager FootSmart HeatFreeze Arch Massager
The HeatFreeze Arch Massager can provide just what you need to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and aching feet. Simply roll your feet over the sphere and allow the textured, knobby surface to provide a deep tissue massage. Place it in the freezer for cold therapy, or warm it up in hot water for soothing heat. Knowing where to apply pressure to your feet can make the difference between pain and comfort.

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Using this stress ball will help relieve the tightness you feel in your hands from MS.

Brown Medical IMAK Stress Ball

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

MS related Fatigue

   Oh my goodness! This is how I feel every morning. I get tired just thinking about getting out of bed and starting my day. 
   The first thing on my mind is what do I need to accomplish today? Should I clean the bathroom, vacuum or mop the kitchen floor? Do I make some phone calls to say Hi to family? Do I need to take something out of the freezer for dinner? Just making my to do list for the day is tiring. Yikes!   
   I never experienced fatigue until my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Before the diagnosis of MS I would have days of feeling tired because I stayed up late or just the normal hectic days of being a wife and mother. A good night sleep would always be the cure for being tired. 
   MS related fatigue is a very different story. With this type of fatigue there is a feeling of pervasive (spreading through the entire body) tiredness. It can significantly interfere with a persons ability to function at home and at work and is the most common reason why they have to quit their jobs.
   The fatigue common with MS is not like the tiredness that healthy people experience. MS fatigue usually occurs every day and may appear early in the morning even after a restful night's sleep.
   When I was working, just getting into work in the morning wore me out. I started my workday with a cup of coffee and getting organized with my assignments. My mind was always spinning trying to sort out what needed to be done for the day causing mental exhaustion early in the morning. During the workday I would find myself go into the stall of the restroom and secretly try to rest for a few minutes to regain some strength for the day. 
   Fatigue tends to get worse as the day progresses and may be aggravated by heat and humidity. MS related fatigue is generally more severe than normal fatigue, and is more likely to interfere with daily responsibilities. 
   My fatigue has affected my physical and cognitive functions. I am no longer working and I enjoy being home with no strict schedule. I can relax and rest when needed. I often feel guilty not getting up early in the morning or when I need to sit down and rest for awhile during the day. I always feel like I am being lazy. I do try to get enough rest at night but because of the pain in my feet and legs and medication reactions, I rarely get a complete nights sleep.

 400.000 people in the U.S. alone have multiple sclerosis. Of that, 86% cite fatigue as the number one symptom of their disease. Commonly people resort to substances such as caffeine, sugar and medications to combat fatigue with mixed results and uncertain health effects. Occupational therapists teach clients "Energy Conservation Techniques" to deal with their fatigue without resorting to drugs. These approaches have been shown, through research, to have positive impacts on individual's ability to deal with this debilitating symptom of MS. 
 The information in Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis: Practical Ways to Create New Habits and Increase Your Energy will help individuals with MS learn techniques to assist them in having more energy to do the activities they enjoy. Many people give up doing the "fun" activities in their lives in order to get through the "must dos." This book will give them the tools to manage their time and activities in order to do both.  
  Fighting Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis

A specially-designed, easy-to-follow program to feel better and improve your quality of life. 

Multiple Sclerosis MS is a devastating disease that damages the central nervous system. It affects nearly 400,000 Americans with daily fatigue, loss of coordination and balance, and muscle spasms or spasticity and it has no cure. Now, research shows that MS symptoms can be reduced through exercise, making living with MS a little easier. Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis tells you how to improve your daily symptoms, especially fatigue and mobility. 
Exercises for Multiple Sclerosis

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

My MS Eyes

20/20 VISION

  Growing up I took my eyesight for granted. My vision changed while I was in Jr. High School. I was nearsighted and had to wear corrective lenses in school to see the chalkboard. I thought 'Oh well I have to wear glasses', no big deal.
   When I turned 16 and was learning how to drive I discovered that I needed to wear glasses while driving. No big deal, I just need to wear corrective lens while driving and at school.
   But, after a short while I needed to start wearing them to watch T.V. also. I still didn't wear my glasses all the time though.
   When I started my full time office job I was having difficulty seeing things at a distance in the office. Well guess what? I basically started wearing my glasses 24/7. This became quite annoying with the pressure of the glasses on the bridge of my nose.
   After a few years of putting up with this I decided to try contact lenses. This was the best decision I made. No more glasses during the day, only in the evening.
   Then in 1997 at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. One of my major symptoms was not vision loss but nystagmus. This is uncontrolled horizontal or vertical eye movements. The condition reduces vision in a number of ways, including oscillopsia-a sense that the world is wiggling, which may occur in one eye, or both. Mine was in both eyes. It typically causes general poor vision and often loss of balance. I also experienced severe nausea. My eye doctor recently told me that I still have wiggly eyes but not as severe as they were. I notice the wiggly eyes the most when I read the newspaper or when I am out of the house walking or when I am shopping.
My MS Vision Fluctuates.
   My vision changes daily. No two days are the same. I now notice that driving at night is some times difficult so I avoid driving then. I also like wearing my contacts more than my glasses because I can see better with the contacts.
   I have been to the Cole Eye Institute at the Cleveland Clinic for a thorough eye exam. I now have a base line for future exams.
   I am thankful that I have not lost my vision. Everyday is a new day moving forward with my MS life.

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