Is it this or that?

Of the many aggravating things about having MS, trying to figure out when a symptom you’re grappling with is MS-related or not is the aggravatingest.

I’ve been having sleep issues for a while and have automatically blamed the disease for it. But when sleeplessness gets combined with body stiffness and back aches, I begin to wonder. Are these new symptoms caused by MS? Or do I need a new mattress? Am I dehydrated? Do I need to take more Baclofen? Am I just plain getting older and  need to get used to my body starting to wear out?

What a cruel joke this is that is played on anyone with a chronic illness. Bad enough you are dealing with the illness, now some other annoyance rears its ugly head and you’ve got to separate that from your main complaint.

Are my leg spasms and swollen legs due to long-term seating, or did I add too much salt to my guacamole dip? Is a blasting headache due to a brain tumor, or shouldn’t I have had that Jack Daniel’s shot?

My physical therapist just left my house after stretching me limb from limb. I felt pretty loose and OK until five minutes ago when my right leg started to spasm. Too much exercise? Not enough liquids? MS protesting the manhandling?

Who knows? I’m tired of trying to sort it all out, so I popped a Baclofen and will wait for it to hopefully take effect soon.

Better living through chemicals, I say. Viva Big Pharma.



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lissms
    Jan 13, 2015 @ 14:13:56

    I hate that struggle too. Im dealing with one now too, is it the same legion making me numb? Or a new one? Such questions this leaves us with! Too many to count, or want to count..


  2. Miss Jan's Words
    Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:48:28

    Exactly. My doctor says sometimes we experience a “pseudo flare-up” meaning it is the same lesion acting up. I prefer to think this rather than any new lesion occurring. Only an MRI can tell and who wants to do that all the time? Not me, for sure! Thanks for sharing. Misery truly does love company!!


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