MS is an extremely unpredictable disease. It has a wide range of symptoms and outcomes.
How it will behave depends mainly on the area that has affected the nervous system. It also
depends on the type of MS that you have and the control that you obtain through medication,
therapy and nontraditional medicine (Holistic, meditation etc.).
At this time the MS is classified as:
Even though there are symptoms common to all of us, each person will have its own
symptoms and non of us will present all the symptoms listed below. In the section named
"links" you can find more information about the treatments available.
Coordination and Balance Problems:
Extreme sensibility to heat
Some of them will appear and disappear through time. Others will stay forever with us. What
matters is that we have to be able to discuss them with our doctor and let him know if they
have become worst or better. With the appropriate and timely treatment they can be controlled
and you can continue to have a productive life.
A very important thing is the way you feel about your symptoms. It is not worth it to keep
worrying about them or to be depressed for the things that we can no longer do. We have a
problem, a condition that we have to live with and you have to learn how to control or manage
it. It is the only way to keep a good quality of life.
We have to learn how to protect and take care of ourselves without any guilt feeling. As a
woman, wife and mother they taught me that my family was first. This disease, like any other
chronic disease, will teach us that if we don't learn to put limits of what we can and cannot do,
what help us and what doesn't, we will never be able to put it under control.
It should be clear to you that if we don't establish the limits, we won't be able to continue to
be useful to our family. No, were are not going against the principle of being a good mother or
wife. We are only giving another perspective to the situation. If I want to be a good mother
and wife(good father or husband) I have to learn to take care of myself too.
Our lives will never be boring again since we will always have a problem to solve or see how a
situation can be change to make our lives easier. From now on, we will always have challenges
to conquer. At the end we will see how resourceful we have become.
Maria A Reyes-Velarde,
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