Suggestions for dealing with sensory overload?

I am so grateful to hear the stories as I have been feeling so alone through this initial MS diagnosis process. Most of my symptoms have been sensory overload – mostly auditory. The slightest sound can throw me over the edge, and my ability to focus on more than one thing at a time has become impossible. I become so overwhelmed I feel as though I am losing my mind. Over the years I have had pain in my hip, arm, hands, fingers, mostly leaving my right arm so weak I can barely get the bed made sometimes. I am trying to focus on getting back in to healthy habits such as Yoga and other activities but due to stress related to this process I have felt so depressed and overwhelmed. Thank you all for being such a wonderful support.


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  • ShelbyComito moderator
    1 month ago

    Hi @cris! Thank you for your question. I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I can imagine how overwhelming all of this must feel and want you to know that we hear you. I commend you for seeking information and healthy, stress-reducing activities like yoga.

    I found a few articles on managing sensory overload for you here: 1) https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/managing-sensory-overload/ 2) https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/sensory-overload/ and 3) https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/dont-think-too-hard-tips-for-adaptation/
    I hope you find these helpful. Please know that you’re not alone as you go through this – we’re here for you and hope you feel better soon! Thinking of you, Shelby, MultipleSclerosis.net

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