Constraints of my MS
At the moment I feel I am doing very well with the acceptance of my MS.
Unfortunately this is such an unpredictable disease which I think makes it impossible to say that I have accepted every part of it.
Not many people know a lot about MS, I know I didn’t before I was told I have it.
I’ll explain a little about my MS. I say ‘my’ MS because not one person who has it is the same as another. We are all completely unique with our MS although the symptoms that we all have can be similar.
Now I am going to talk about one certain topic here but for you to understand I will have to go into detail about other symptoms which I will explain briefly with the aid of:
Pain is only one of my symptoms!
This is probably one of the biggest things I have had to and still am learning to cope with!
Why do I have pain?
More than half of all people with multiple sclerosis will experience pain symptoms at some stage.
Pain can be defined as unpleasant sensory experiences. In MS this may encompass both ‘painful’ feelings and also altered sensations such as pins and needles, numbness, or crawling, burning feelings (known as dysaesthesia).
No two people will experience pain in the same way; it is very subjective and is best described by the person experiencing it.
Types of pain
There are two broadly recognised types of pain in MS:
Also known as nerve pain, this is thought that this arises as a direct result of the damaged to the covering of nerves interfering with the normal transmission of information to the brain. However, the origin of most nerve pain is not fully understood. Examples of neuropathic pain include trigeminal neuralgia, an intense painful sensations in the face, and Lhermittes sign, sensations like electric shocks in the neck and spine.
Also known as nociceptive pain. Nociceptors are pain receptors found throughout the body that respond to injury and inflammation. They send messages to the brain that are perceived as pain, usually in the joints or muscles. This type of pain is not directly related to MS, but may be worsened by it; for example, musculoskeletal pain can arise as the result of spasms or abnormal pressure on the muscles and joints due to changes in posture, typically in the back or hips.
Yes I take medication for it!
I’ve tried many different types of tablets, I’ve even tried holistic medicine like acupuncture which I find brilliant for relaxation but unfortunately the effect has never lasted long enough for me to use it as a regular way to self-control the pain.
If you have clicked on the link for Duloxetine you will notice it is taken for depression, that’s a whole different topic which I’m sure I’ll speak about at some point!
So with my lovely cocktail of super strong neuropathic pain meds can you guess what my next biggest problem is with my MS?…..