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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Unexplained Injuries - Facing MS symptoms from A to Z



Did you ever discover a bruise, a scrape, or a soreness somewhere on your body and wonder how it happened? Maybe it even hurts, but you cannot fathom when it occurred.



The multiple sclerosis life is filled with those sorts of surprises.

Perhaps it’s partly because MS can make people a little clumsy or klutzy sometimes. OK, maybe a lot.

  • Our own feet trip us up sometimes.
  • We may bump into doorways, walls, or other stuff.
  • Our reflexes are sometimes a little slow.
  • We don’t always feel physical sensations immediately.
  • Numbness can block a burn, a pinch, a sting, or another hurt for a bit.
  • We often grab railings, walls, or furniture suddenly to steady ourselves.
  • MS exhaustion (lassitude) can shut us down, and that sometimes makes us fall flat.

We live with all sorts of pain – aching, burning, itching, tingling, and others – so sometimes another ouch sort of blends. We may not even feel a lesser pain for a while. Plus, we tend to ignore minor discomforts.

And, yes.  MS warriors are pretty bad-ass. It bears saying. 

MSers pretty much have other fish to fry.


Just this week, I discovered colorful bruises on a shoulder, a thigh, an elbow, and a shinbone. I noticed a couple of broken fingernails and a scrape on one arm, and I have no idea where they came from. And I have a strange soreness and swelling in one ankle, but I don’t recall twisting it.

Sure, none of these are life-threatening emergencies. But they are certainly mysteries.



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