MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

Why I Write About My MS

   I am a Patient~Expert on Multiple Sclerosis. MS is a disease that is potentially disabling, physically and psychologically. This disease affects the Central Nervous System and is estimated to have affected over 350,000 nationwide.
   I was diagnosed with MS in 1997 and have developed a website: MS MobilityStrength Multiple Sclerosis where I walk you through everything you need to learn and do to live a physically fit lifestyle. 

   I have walked in your shoes! I have had the same range of emotions after the diagnosis of MS, ranging from depression, despair, anxiety, anger and hostility.
   But let me tell you that after I learned what I could about MS, and started a disease modifying therapy and began to Think Wellness, I found that I had a better attitude for my future with MS.
Wellness is another way to expand your lines of defense and expand your view of how to live life with MS completely.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rice Therapy

RICE therapy stands for REST, ICE, COMPRESSION and ELEVATION. It is considered an emergency home treatment for most muscle, tendon strains, sprains, ligaments, suspected fractures, joint inflammation and bruises. Lets take a closer look at the individual components.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MS Affects Speech

   I was out having lunch with my mom the other day and we were having a normal conversation when all of a sudden my words starting coming out all jumbled and not making any sense. I tried to correct my sentences but I ended up over correcting them. The words were racing around in my head but I couldn't make any words come out clearly and correctly. Finally I threw up my arms and stopped talking. I needed to take a deep breath and try to relax.
   This isn't the first time that this unfortunate situation has happened. Usually I explain it away as being a 'Brain Fart'. I get some giggles and just move on with the conversation.
   I am by no means a social butterfly and these speech problems pull me inward even more. In my head I have the correct words and the smoothness of a sentence but when I try to vocalize it, it may or may not come out right. This is very embarrassing especially if I don't know the person I am speaking with.
   There are many times when I am in a group and want to speak my thoughts but think twice about it and just keep my thoughts to myself avoiding fumbling bumbling words.

   I came across this article from Modern Day MS and it is about how Multiple Sclerosis Affects Speech. Hopefully if this is a stumbling block with your MS as it is mine, you will find some reassurances about this MS symptom. 

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dealing With Stress and MS

What is Stress?

Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a factor in disease causation (the act of causing). Physical and chemical factors that can cause stress include trauma, infections, toxins, illnesses, and injuries of any sort. Emotional causes of stress and tension are numerous and varied. While many people associate the term stress with psychological stress, scientist and physicians use this term to denote any force that impairs the stability and balance of bodily functions.

In the face of a chronic, often progressive illness like MS, people may tend to focus primarily on their physical health and neglect their emotional health~which is an essential component of overall health and wellness. They may assume that being very anxious or depressed is natural, given the challenges of life with MS. But it is essential to recognize and address significant mood changes.

Dealing With MS~related Stress

How we respond to stress has a lot to do with perception. For people with MS, perception may play an even bigger role. MS~related fatigue and depression may affect your mood, while MS may also interfere with basic cognitive functions. Either one of these factors may momentarily affect your ability to view the situation realistically.

Multiple Sclerosis and Stress Management

Whether you've just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, or you've been living with it for years, odds are you've already experienced some form of MS-related stress. In fact, for some people, stress begins at diagnosis and continues to grow, once they experience the impact MS can have on their everyday lives.

Fortunately, there's no reason to see MS-related stress as something you "just live with." There are many techniques, backed by sound science that may significantly reduce your stress levels. The more you learn about stress management now, the easier it will be to integrate it into your daily routines over time.

Use the following link for a wide range of stress-relieving techniques you can learn fairly quickly and start using right away. While they combine insights from many different disciplines, these techniques have one thing in common: They depend on your ability to step away from denial and accept the fact that living with MS means adaption to a new set of rules.

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