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)

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Coordination problems - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z




Large- and small-motor skills can be affected by multiple sclerosis, either temporarily or progressively (perhaps depending upon the type of MS a person battles). It may be related to balance issues, dizziness, numbness, pain, sight loss, spasticity, or other MS effects.



Let’s look at spasticity for a moment.

When I was a kid, being called a “spazz” was a terrible playground put-down. It was one of the worst tags with which youngsters might hit one another. Drop the ball in gym class, stumble over a curb, or fall of a swing. Here comes that dreaded word.

Wig out a little, hooting and hollering or tearing around with some excess energy, and the “spazz” word might crop up again.

As I grew older and discovered family members and friends had neurological issues (long before my own MS diagnosis), the word took on a more personal meaning.

Spasticity is no laughing matter when it’s real.

This s-word can strike suddenly, locking random muscles up painfully, so they refuse to move the way we intend them to. They may even twitch. It’s not pretty.



MS is often called an “invisible disease.”

It’s one of those wacky medical conditions that other people may not readily recognize. As MS warriors, we might look pretty good on any given day, even though the MS MonSter is raging against us. Our smiles may even still light our faces, while our bodies are betraying us in weird and wacky ways.

Maybe we drop things. We might literally bounce off walls, making our way down a corridor. Perhaps we stagger a bit or drag one foot when we shuffle through a parking lot. It’s a coordination issue. And trust me: It’s harder for us to slug through it than it is for others to have to watch.



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