I have noticed a strange phenomenon since having multiple sclerosis. I don’t have a clue if it’s actually related to MS in any way as I’ve never heard it talked about, but I thought I would mention it so others who are dealing with the same thing don’t think they are going crazy.
When I get something as simple as a pimple on my face (it’s not just for teenagers, you know), it will take months to actually heal instead of days as in times past. I’ve noticed the same thing happens with cuts too. I cut my hand over the weekend and although it is healing, it’s doing so at its own slow pace. Bizarrely slow, I have to say.
In a way it kind of makes sense that my body slowly heals itself since my immune system has been compromised. It could also be due to some of the medications I take. I don’t take anything for MS itself as nothing has helped to slow down my progression, but I do take things for muscle spasms, pain, dizziness, help with sleeping and depression. A daily cocktail along with a slew of supplements and vitamins. It’s crazy because before MS I didn’t even take aspirin or cold medicine, now I have a rainbow collection of pills that would put a package of Skittles to shame.
When I was first diagnosed with MS I was taking a med called Rebif. I had to give myself intermuscular shots 3 times a week, similar to those taking Copaxone today. Those shots would bruise me so badly that over time I looked like I was being abused. I would have bruises on my thighs, arms and belly and they would take forever to heal. The crazy thing about it was that the medication would make me feel worse than MS actually did. I was medicating myself for the side effects of the medication. Such a vicious cycle.
Keeping a healthy diet helps to manage some issues, but it won’t rid the body of everything MS. I’m truly overjoyed for those that are able to fully manage MS by the things that they eat, but it’s important for people to understand that not everybody has such great results. Each person is unique with their own cellular makeup and their own responses to diets and meds.
If you face slow wound healing, know that you aren’t alone. I’m sitting here with a bandaged hand and a pimple on my chin to prove it happens.