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)


Prickly: Describing multiple sclerosis from A to Z

“Pins and needles” does not begin to describe it, when multiple sclerosis acts up, sending an already malfunctioning neurological system into overdrive in a most unpleasant way.

MS is prickly.

The MS MonSter has a way of getting under the MS warrior’s skin with his barbed, electrifying, hairy, itchy, pulsing, scratchy, sharp-edged, shocking, spiky, thorny, twitching claws.

You know that feeling you have, if you sit on one foot (or sleep on one hand) for too long and it starts to feel weird? Perhaps you cannot feel anything at all for a few minutes. Then the feeling starts to return. Maybe it tingles, as if 1,000 tiny electrodes were attached to it and firing intermittently.

Multiple that by a gazillion. Then imagine it doesn’t go away for hours or days or weeks or more. Add some unpredictable and uncontrollable tremors and twitches.

OK, you are beginning to see the picture.

Prickly. That’s one of the hallmark symptoms of MS. If national intelligence agencies could bottle this, they’d drop all their other interrogation techniques. Terrorists would spill their secrets for sure.

“Oh, no! Not the weird prickly sensations again!” the bad guys would plead.

“Tell us everything you know, or we’ll unleash the MonSter.”

You get the point.

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