- M.S. affects every aspect of your life from your eyesight (optic neuropathy) to your sex life (E.D.).
- So you lay there thinking about all the things you used to be able to do but are a far memory of your new reality.
- Multiple sclerosis is a silent contract killer and the medicine you take for it is unarmed security.
I compare living with multiple sclerosis like having a car that looks fine on the outside, but every light on the dash is on.
To everyone you look perfectly fine and capable but little do they know you may just barely be pushing through life. They don’t know that M.S. is the mother ship sending out destroyer drones through your nervous system, and when I say destroyer drones I literally mean destroyer drones. It affects every aspect of your life from your eyesight (optic neuropathy) to your sex life (E.D.). It makes you so depressed that for the first time in your life suicide crosses your mind. At least that way you beat the M.S. mother ship (think Bruce Willis Armageddon).
Then you conquer that thought because unfortunately this is not the movies. You get so depressed that sometimes you don’t even want to get out of the bed in the morning. So you lay there thinking about all the things you used to be able to do but are a far memory of your new reality. What people don’t understand is that you could be the most beautiful, the most handsome, the most wealthy, but that depression is telling you that none of that matters now because you’re just a worthless shell of who you used to be.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems. Specific symptoms can include double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, trouble with sensation, or trouble with coordination. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms). Between attacks, symptoms may disappear completely; however, permanent neurological problems often remain, especially as the disease advances.
While the cause is not clear, the underlying mechanism is thought to be either destruction by the immune system or failure of the myelin-producing cells. Proposed causes for this include genetics and environmental factors such as being triggered by a viral infection. MS is usually diagnosed based on the presenting signs and symptoms and the results of supporting medical tests.
There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis. Treatments attempt to improve function after an attack and prevent new attacks. Medications used to treat MS, while modestly effective, can have side effects and be poorly tolerated. Physical therapy can help with people’s ability to function. Many people pursue alternative treatments, despite a lack of evidence of benefit. The long-term outcome is difficult to predict, with good outcomes more often seen in women, those who develop the disease early in life, those with a relapsing course, and those who initially experienced few attacks. Life expectancy is on average 5 to 10 years lower than that of an unaffected population.
My personal favorite is “You don’t look sick” or “Man, suck that up,” but what they don’t understand is your immune system has put out a hit on you that few people take serious. Try being young and taking the same medicine as your 81 year old grandmother or having sacroiliitis and finding out that when folks would say “I can feel the rain coming in my hip” that you actually can and not only that it’s a fact (has to do with the barometer in the area changing). Multiple sclerosis is a silent contract killer and the medicine you take for it is unarmed security. Yeah they hold off the threat for awhile but let’s face it unarmed security only wins in the movies.