TODAY IS A GOOD DAY SO FAR. I'VE HAD THIS RESTLESS REST THING GOING ON. HUBBY WENT TO WORK AND BEFORE HE LEFT, HE SAID "IT'S SATURDAY, SO YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET SOME REST TODAY'. INITIALLY, THAT THREW ME FOR A LOOP; BECAUSE I WAS THINKING, "WHEN DON'T I GET A DAY FOR REST". THEN I REMEMBERED....
My day to day is often quite hectic, even though it's not meant to be. Stress is the one thing that I do on a day to day, oftentimes not even meaning to. Thoughts about children, bills, what's for dinner, when do I get another writing gig, who's gonna walk the dogs, etc. LIFE seems to create these little stresses, but I thank GOD for those who love me running interference so that stress won't overwhelm me too much.
This question was posed to a group of MS patients to complete: When I get stressed out, it affects my multiple sclerosis by ____.
The answers are what I'd expect, living with MS myself.
Terri says Irritable, weepy, shaky, weak, numb and upset that no one gets it!
Sally says Dizzy and fatigue!!!
Gail says Giving me a really bad headache and neck pain and blurry vision.
Catherine says Making all my symptoms come out at once: can't talk, tremors, balance, confusion, depression, tears, you name it...
Paula says Causing a trigeminal neuralgia attack (stabbing electric shocks).
CarrieAnne says Cog fog badly, weak, fatigue and muscle spasms right between my shoulder
blades all the way down backs of my legs. Happens very quickly.
Judy says Making me exhausted and making my pain level go off the charts.
Mark says Overall fatigue and anxiety
Danny says Muscle cramping and vibration threw body
Mary says I start talking slurred
Storm says Headaches and MS hugs (intense tightening around your chest, along with pain and a burning sensation.).
Stacy says Right eye pain back to my ear, brain fog, memory loss
Darrin says Makes my legs weak and throws my balance off, and adds to the constant pain i already have!!"
Paula says Makes my esophagus spasm, do swallowing is difficult,.and i also get too much saliva
And there were a host of other answers. For me, when I get stressed out, it affects my multiple sclerosis by giving me additional pain, headaches, seizures, slurred speech, and everything everyone else said. Now that my husband works outside of the home, I tend to stay even more to myself because, as you can see, stress is not something to play with. What this means to me is that my circle of friends and family that can come around is quite limited. I just don't trust people enough to allow ME to be compromised by THEIR issues. I'm learning to overcome my fear of people because, if it's mainly in my mind, I can overcome it. Who knows? If not, I've lived with MS and over the years it has slowly taken a lot of the "extra" out of my life...so that can't be all bad.