Category: symptoms

  • My spastic leg

    My spastic leg

    Spasticity refers to the episodes of muscle stiffness and involuntary contractions in those of us with damaged central nervous systems.

  • MSers: Resist brain atrophy

    MSers: Resist brain atrophy

    Currently, there is no recognized way to reverse brain atrophy. So do your best to resist!

  • MS depression

    MS depression

    In MS, depression is both a mood disorder AND a symptom.

  • MSer in a heat wave

    MSer in a heat wave

    Many MSers experience a temporary worsening of symptoms when the weather is very hot, or really anytime their core body temperature rises even one-quarter of a degree.

  • Our chronic inflammation

    Inflammation is one of the body’s responses to injury. It is considered acute (temporary), when you get hurt in sports or have an infection, but chronic (persistent) in a disease like MS.

  • Play the cards you are dealt

    When you are first diagnosed with MS, and you suddenly feel like you are in free-fall, it’s helpful to quickly assess your basic situation: your shelter, money & food.

  • All ‘flavors’ of MS

    Last week I wrote a post about the new MS drug Ocrevus and used some acronyms that I didn't properly stop to explain. I apologize and will now try to explain the different types of Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS.   Some Terms Sclerosis refers to scarring on the brain and spinal cord, seen […]

  • My lil’ meningioma

    My lil’ meningioma

    After my routine MRI last year, the resulting report noted at the bottom that what was previously thought to be a white matter lesion along the right, front part of my brain, consistent with MS, was actually slowly growing larger and thus more likely “a small meningioma.”

  • Use power for good

    $50,000 is a lot of money to us; for big corporations, it’s only a drop or less.

  • I train my brain

    I now subscribe to a service where I play brain games and my progress is measured so I can see that my scores are getting higher over time. Doing crossword puzzles, studying a new language, or learning how to play a musical instrument could be contributing to the development of new neurons.