2016 Year in Review
In honor of 2016, we wanted to highlight what you shared with us about some of the top symptom challenges, treatment concerns, and quality of life issues that you experience with living with multiple sclerosis. As you probably know, every week we create a poll on our site so that we can get to know the people who matter most in the MultipleSclerosis.net community - YOU! With 2016 almost behind us, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the polls that really garnered the biggest response from our community. Take a look at what you all shared with us!
The Multitude of Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
The list of symptoms that are associated with MS seems never-ending. While some of the more common symptoms include muscle spasms, fatigue, pain, the MS hug, memory & cognition issues, numbness/tingling, and optic neuritis, there are other symptoms that aren't as commonly discussed, like hearing loss, itching, seizures, Uhthoff’s Phenomenon, L’hermitte’s Sign, and emotional symptoms. While mood swings, stress, and emotional symptoms are common in the MS community, many people still don't recognize the link between emotional symptoms and MS itself.
Do you experience emotional symptoms due to MS?
If you're looking for more articles about the emotional impact that MS can have on a person, you may find these helpful:
- Surfing an Emotional Tsunami
- Three Ways To Help With The Emotional Toll Of Living With Multiple Sclerosis
- Invisible Symptoms of MS: Mood Swings
- Four Ways to Kick the Emotion Monster to the Curb
- The Emotional Effects of MS
Explaining What MS is Really Like
MS can also be really difficult to explain to people who don't have it. There are just so many things that "healthy" people don't understand.
Do you find it difficult to explain your MS symptoms?
If you're looking for ways to better describe what life with MS is really like, these articles may be helpful to you:
- The Holidays Are Upon Us: Some Things To Remember About Your Friends And Family With A Chronic Illness
- Advice for Family and Friends of Someone with MS
- The Unveiling of my MS
- Explaining MS Symptoms
- MS...What's it Like?
- Describing Invisible Symptoms
- Describing MS and its Symptoms
The Reality of MS Pain
One of the more challenging invisible symptoms of MS can be pain. While some people don't recognize pain as an MS symptom, a large majority of our community members have told us time and time again that MS pain is very real.
Do you have trouble describing MS pain?
Fatigue and Insomnia
Along with MS pain comes the inability to sleep, and the fatigue that goes along with it. For many people, no amount of sleep will make MS-fatigue subside. And that can be incredible frustrating.
Do you experience “painsomnia” - the inability to sleep or rest because your body is in pain?
Here are a few more articles about MS fatigue that resonated with our community members:
Stress, Anxiety, and MS
Many people living with MS say that stress and anxiety make their symptoms worse, and can even bring on an MS relapse - but just having MS is extremely stressful, so at times it seems like you can't win.
Does heat trigger symptoms of stress and anxiety for you?
Here are some great articles with more information about the relationship between stress and anxiety, and some great ideas for coping with this along your MS journey:
- Four Ways to Help Battle the Stress and Despair of an MS Exacerbation
- Seven Ways to Fight Stress and Anxiety
- The Financial Stress of Multiple Sclerosis
- Five Ways to Help You Battle Stress and Anxiety
Looking Forward to 2017
We'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you for making 2016 an amazing year at MultipleSclerosis.net. This community wouldn't be what it is without each and every one of you! We recognize that living with MS can be extremely challenging, so please know that you are not alone. Whether 2016 was a good or bad year, the community is here for you every single day – through all of the ups and downs. We wish all of you a happy and healthy New Year!
~The MultipleSclerosis.net Team
The holiday season is among us and can be so stressful! Do you experience more flares during this season?