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A Slap In The Face Non-MS Injuries and Illnesses

A Slap In The Face: Non-MS Injuries and Illnesses

Living with a disease like Multiple Sclerosis is already pretty challenging. There are many times when it’s down right unpleasant. We deal with issues like pain, numbness, weakness, spasms, fatigue, and cognitive problems. There are days when even taking a shower can seem like a nightmare of a chore because of it. So when we get injured or come down with an illness that isn’t related to MS, it really seems like a slap in the face. While I’ve discussed what it can be like to have other issues with MS in the past, I never really addressed how these can really affect us from an emotional standpoint.

Can’t I just catch a break?

Recently, I went through a pretty bad bout with the flu, immediately followed up by a rough ankle injury. I couldn’t help but think, “Can’t I just catch a break?” (not with the ankle though, luckily that wasn’t a break, despite looking and feeling that way at first). Since we deal with an incurable disease every day, shouldn’t we get some sort of get out of jail free card when it comes to other medical issues? I feel like we should, but in reality, many of us that already suffer with MS, tend to, as my colleague Kim likes to say, “Collect Comorbidities”. That hardly seems fair, but it’s a hard truth that many folks like us have to deal with.

A cruel joke

I get it, we’re at more of a risk than the general population for problems to arise with our health. The very nature of our disease is that our immune systems are compromised and wonky. We also have to deal with numerous falls and drops because of suddenly numb or weak extremities. So I understand why we have a penchant for catching every cold or seeming clumsy beyond reason. It makes sense for sure, but wow, it sure seems like a cruel joke at times.

A rain cloud over my head

Now, I am not trying to be a “woe is me” guy, I’m really just trying to tip my cap to my fellow MS warriors. I’m certainly not looking for any sympathy, but sometimes, it feels good to reach out to other people who are going through the same mess of problems and say, “Damn, can you believe the crap we put up with?” I think that it’s ok to acknowledge that there are times when all of this seems unfair. Getting that out there helps me feel better about things, it helps me to not dwell on it. So while it may feel like there’s a rain cloud over my head that travels with me everywhere I go, occasionally b*tchng about that rain cloud makes me forget that it’s there.

Talking to people who understand

So please, feel free to complain about your additional health issues in the comments, it really does help to get it out sometimes. It particularly helps when there are people that actually understand, and that’s always been one of the top reasons I started coming to MultipleSclerosis.net even before I started writing for them. I always knew there people here that “got it”, that understood what it was like to be me. So I’ll say it again, I get it, it’s sucks to keep have mounting health issues when we already have a pretty big one to deal with. Get it out and let’s all keep moving on and keep fighting, because we should all be pretty good at that with the amount of experience we get!

Thanks for reading!

Devin

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Comments

  • lcal
    1 year ago

    Devin
    Im somewhat lmao reading yo\ur article not because of your troubles but because lots of us know that the real slap in the face comes after we heal from a “real” person illness o\r injury only to have our MS kick us back down with symptoms like added nerve pain that attack us for months only to have ppl\ say “I thought your flu etc was better”
    and so goes the cycle.
    plz bear with the sl\ashes in my typing. l\o\l\ my co\mputer has been bro\ken after i left it in
    the rain and because i canno\t decide o\n which o\\ne to\ get for 6 mo\nths. here i am
    l\isa

  • HANKMAUREEN7Y
    1 year ago

    HERBAL FORMULA

    I started using multiple sclerosis (MS) herbal remedy i purchased from Best Health Herbal Centre January this year. I only used it for a month and two weeks, my condition changed automatically, all my symptoms are gone. Remaining positive have helped me during this treatment. Now am living MS FREE.
    Hope this will help somebody, remember, do your own research and make your own decisions based on information you have received and digested. Thanks to Best Health Herbal Centre for their amazing work. Forever Grateful!

  • debrakay
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much Devin. I love your articles because you perfectly put words to my thoughts, when I can’t. Lately, especially, I have been saying “I just can’t get a break!”.
    I had the bad luck of getting bitten by a spider in my sleep three weeks ago, which has made me ill and in constant stabbing pain and itching all over my body. I am finally past it now. Thanks for giving me an invitation to vent. Just know that your words always make me feel better. I can relate to all of your articles.

    Sincerely,
    Debra

  • Devin Garlit moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank you DebraKay! I wish I had a penny for every time I’ve said or thought the phrase “I just can’t catch a break”! Always feel free to vent here!

  • Cardgal18
    1 year ago

    Ok Devin you asked for it. Three years after my MS diagnosis, i had a follicular lymphoma diagnosis. Luckily its a slow growing cancer, but is incurable for the most part. Have been in remission fior 51/2 years. I only had radiation. Usually if it does return its aggressive (oh, boy). So lots of CT’s to make sure its still gone. But another relapse to worry about. Seven months after i was diagnosed, my husband was diagnosed with the same damn cancer only his was more widespread. He went through a gruesome 14 month clinical trial of numerous chemo treatments, CTs, PET scans. He is also in remission, but the steroids used in the treatments gave him severe osteoporosis and fatigue—big time. He jokes we are a “real fun couple”. He fell and shattered his collarbone last August. I have had two falls on my butt, leaving me with severe lumbar spinal stenosis and lovely lower back pain. So basically we are two compromised caregivers of each other. This was not the future we had planned thats for sure. So i do understand. I keep wishing for just one good day, but thats probably not even remotely possible.

  • Devin Garlit moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank you Cardgal18, so sorry to hear all of that! I hope things turn around for both of you.

  • debrakay
    1 year ago

    OMG! That’s bad luck. I feel for you guys.

  • omgck
    1 year ago

    Thank you Devin…once again you touched on a topic that I am so grateful to read. Especially today because I have to attend a gathering of family members that really don’t get it and don’t seem interested in getting it. We don’t see each other often at all due to distances, both physical and emotional….

    I find it very challenging when people ask “so what ARE your symptoms?” Mine are the always popular so called “invisible symptoms” for the most part. So I would like to come up with a snappy answer, but I usually just become flustered and mumble something so incoherent that I don’t even understand what I am saying.

    If anyone has a suggestion for how to handle this type of situaion better, please share!
    So grateful for this website!!

  • Devin Garlit moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank so much @omgck! It can be very hard to explain invisible symptoms, especially on the spot. I have actually directed friends and family members to articles on this website to explain specific symptoms. I feel like sometimes, when they can read about it in someone else’s words, it can have more of an impact!

  • debrakay
    1 year ago

    I have been forwarding your articles to my family. It helps them get it, when I can’t explain it.

    Debra

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