MS Brain Teasers for a Cognitive Challenge
Multiple sclerosis affects a person’s central nervous system which is made up of the brain and the spinal cord. Damage to the cells that send messages between the brain and the rest of the body can cause a wide range of symptoms in people with MS, like numbness, muscle spasms, balance and coordination problems, and cognitive dysfunction.
Cognitive issues are some of the most frustrating MS symptoms and can affect attention and concentration, memory and learning, and communicating with others. Health professionals recommend trying to keep the brain active by doing cognitive exercises like crosswords, puzzles, and other similar activities.
MS brain teasers!
The MultipleSclerosis.net team created some brain teasers for the MS community to decode. Each of the pictures below is a code for a word or phrase related to MS in some way. Can you solve them all? Comment below with your answers or guesses! We hope these exercises help you give your brain a workout. You can find the answers at the very end of this post!
LEGO and online brain games
Some of our contributors here at MultipleSclerosis.net have also written about ways that they exercise their brains which you can read about below.
Devin’s neurologist recommended that he build LEGO sets to improve his cognitive function as well as problems he was having with his hands that were frequently numb. Read about Devin’s experience with LEGO and how it helped him with his cog fog and stress.
Cathy uses a website, Cranium Crunches, that offers a ton of free brain games. She decided to interview the creator of the website to learn more about her inspiration and how the puzzles and games can improve cognitive skills.
We hope these ideas inspire you to try some new brain challenges this week!
Brain teaser answers
Here are the answers to the 5 brain teaser puzzles above.
- Cog fog
- Spinal tap
- Foot drop
On an average day, how would you rate your level of anxiety related to multiple sclerosis?