Living with M.S.

"Living with M.S. is sort of like training for a long race. The harder you try, and the longer you keep at it, the stronger you become.
Eventually, looking back, you may be amazed at the power you possessed, even when you had no idea it was within your reach." (Linda Ann Nickerson)

Tuesday

Side-to-side eye movement may help memory, but it makes me wanna hurl.



Call me dizzy, but this idea makes me reel. Let’s blame the MS MonSter and his vile vertigo.

Researchers have said horizontal eye movements may aid recall. Apparently, studies have indicated that 30 seconds of side-to-side eye movement seem to encourage both sides of the human brain to work more closely with one another. That is supposed to help with memory.

Studies, including one conducted in 2007-2008 at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, led to the findings. Researchers differentiated between retrieval and recognition memories, according to a report in Live Science.

Can this strategy help the MS warrior, if multiple sclerosis seems to be stealing some short- or long-term memories?

That’s hard to say, especially as many of us battle frequent bouts of vertigo. The rapid switching of visual focus can set us reeling with dizziness. Toss in a little optic neuritis in one or both eyes, and the whole picture changes.

Still, this side-to-side eye movement trick may be worth a try … on a less-than-terrible MS day. Remind me to remember that when I can’t find my cell phone or my glasses.

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