You know you have MS when...

You are probably all too familiar with the typical symptoms associated with having MS, like spasticity, cognitive impairment, fatigue, and difficulty with mobility, among many others. However, there’s so much more to having MS than what one would find in a textbook. We wanted to know more about your everyday life with MS, so we asked our Facebook community to respond to the statement, “You know you have MS when____.” We heard from over 150 of you, and here’s what you had to say!

Managing MS cramps and spasms

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • Whether it's when you are walking, or simply trying to stand still, MS has a significant impact on mobility.

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Do you currently use any assistive devices?

 

  • Sometimes it may seem like you live at the doctor's office, especially when the entire staff knows you by name.

 

  • Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of MS, including difficulties with mobility and cognition, can make a person appear to be under the influence of alcohol.

 

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Have you ever been mistaken for being drunk due to your MS Symptoms?

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • The weather, especially warm temperatures, can have a detrimental effect on MS symptoms.

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Does weather affect your MS symptoms?

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • Having trouble remembering things, like where you put something or what you are talking about mid-conversation, can be extremely frustrating.

 

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When did you start experiencing cognitive problems?

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • Often times, the symptoms of MS aren't visible to those around you, so people assume that if you look okay, you feel okay too.

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • MS-associated fatigue is unlike "normal" fatigue in that it can be completely debilitating.

 

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How does fatigue affect you? Check all that apply:

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • The pain of MS is often indescribable, and at times it seems like it will never end.

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Have you ever been told there is no pain associated with MS?

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • Unfortunately, for someone with MS, the brain doesn't always communicate well with the rest of the body, so while you tell your legs to do one thing, they might just do something else entirely.

 

Managing MS cramps and spasms

 

  • Numbness and tingling is a common symptom of MS, which often causes a lot of discomfort.

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