Is It a Rock in Your Sock or a Strange MS Symptom?
MS sure keeps us entertained with some of the strange things we deal with at times. It makes you wonder if it's a strange MS symptom that few experience, or one that everyone experiences. I’ll share some of the strange things I have dealt with, and a few I have heard about from others.
Over the years, the medical and research world has learned more about MS, treatments, and potential symptoms. A big difference from when Copaxone was the only approved treatment. Copaxone was my first medication in 2009 and the fun daily injections were the highlight of my day. OK, maybe not a highlight, yet the only way to battle MS at the time.
Strange symptoms even with treatment
In today’s world, it's our dilemma to decide which one of the numerous treatments is best for our specific situation. Good news! We have many options and if one doesn’t help, we have other options to reduce relapses or slow progression.
Even with all the current treatment options, there might be a strange symptom that invades our lives, and we might not be able to put a finger on why it's happening or find a medication to help.
The most fun for me is Uhthoff's syndrome which sends me into kaleidoscope land. Yep, my vision turns into just colors and structures with no details at all.
Then, there is that pleasure of my scalp itching that drives me into crazy itching until my scalp burns. Nope, no chance that itch will go away by washing, lotioning, itching, or shaving my head. No, I haven’t shaved my head yet, although, maybe I should! Nope, nevermind, it won’t help.
Of course, I enjoy those times when my mind tells my legs to walk and their response is, 'it's not happening'. Then the fun begins and away I go to visit the floor while tucking, rocking, and rolling, oh my!
Did I forget to mention the strange laughing and crying for no reason, choking while trying to swallow, and lovely leg spasms in the middle of the night?
One must laugh at all the fun we have day after day, and night after night. Laughing works for me to lighten up all the fun that has yet to come as well.
The strange symptoms list continues
I am sure some of you are thinking, 'these are just a few strange symptoms we experience'. The list continues to grow. Another strange symptom I have heard about is that lovely MS hug that feels as though a bear has grabbed you from behind. Of course there is the the sensation that there is the rock in your sock that feels like, yep, stepping on a rock. Or, maybe that electrical shock down your spine.
OK, you might be wondering if I’m done yet. Nope. Are your feet on fire? Is your vision blurry? Maybe you’re experiencing an optical illusion or struggling with a migraine headache. Oh, I forgot to mention, hearing issues and vertigo sending you into a merry-go-round to nowhere.
I’m sure you've heard of a few other strange MS symptoms, and as time goes on, you will likely hear about others as well. The effects of MS are different for all of us and can change from day to day.
A final thought to ponder
Living with MS challenges us every day and makes us all wonder, 'what’s next'? How will I adapt and make it through the days, weeks, months, and years? We all have our way of dealing with what MS throws at us. For me, it helps knowing we all deal with changes that make us adapt and adjust to the new. I choose to look at the good and positive in my life and just keep on, keeping on with a smile.
Thank you for reading, I look forward to hearing about the strange symptoms others have experienced. Until next time, I encourage everyone to pass on a good deed, and a smile to make someone’s day brighter and the world a better place.
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