When this blog first started I intended to have an outlet for me to WHINE about being a caregiver for someone with Multiple Sclerosis. Now, it’s time to put this segment back in. So Sunday’s will be a posts will be about MS from a caregivers side. DH has had MS for 15 years.
First we start with the basics. What is MS……
Multiple Sclerosis is not contagious or hereditary. It’s not a mental illness. It is a disease of the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord, and nerves). Nerves have a protective coating around them called “myelin.” When someone has MS, this protective coating is chipped away exposing the nerve and preventing messages from the brain to pass along the nerve pathway in a normal fashion.
Common Symptoms include:
A “pins and needles” prickling sensation most often in your toes or fingers – like your foot or hand fell asleep
- Numbness – again most often in your toes or fingers
- Problems with speech and swallowing
- Eye trouble – seeing double, blurry vision, or uncontrolled eye movements
- Slight memory problems
- Tremors in your arms, wrists, and hands – particularly when you try to pick something up or write
- Loss of balance and poor coordination
- Gait difficulties
- Extreme weakness
- Abnormal fatigue
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Bowel and bladder dysfunction
- Sexual function problems
Thank you for Chums Web (Children’s Hope for Understanding MS) for great links and information!!
Heat! Heat is a energy zapper. If it’s hot stay inside at home with the air conditioner blasting. (P.S. come to my house in the summer bring a jacket! I KID YOU NOT!!!)