An Illustrated View of Multiple Sclerosis

MS Fact #1: Fatigue
MS Fact #2: Walking difficulties
MS Fact #3: Spasticity
MS Fact #4: Numbness
MS Fact #5: Vision Problems
MS Fact #6: Dizziness & vertigo
MS Fact #7: Bladder & bowel problems
MS Fact #8: Cognitive difficulties
MS Fact #9: Pain
MS Fact #10: Swallowing problems
MS Fact #11: Heat & cold intolerance
MS Fact #12: Speech problems
MS Fact #13: Emotional changes
MS Fact #14: Itching
MS Fact #15: Tremors
MS Fact #16: Breathing problems
MS Fact #17: Hearing loss
MS Fact #18: Sexual problems
MS Fact #19: Headaches
MS Fact #20: Seizures

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  1. Wanda
    Wanda says:

    As of to day I have lost my taste buds didn’t know that it had anything to do with my ms but guess what ms has found a other way to knock me down I was diagnosed with ms in 2008 please keep me in your prayers as I will keep you all in my prayers

    • Maureen
      Maureen says:

      Hi Wanda…I just saw this! I have that issue quite frequently; it comes and goes, but is mostly here to stay. It’s one of those weird “SURPRISE…I’m a SYMPTOM” things. Be mindful of milk! It gets me out of telling someone that their cooking is “less than”!

    • Tameka
      Tameka says:

      I actually lost my taste in 2014 and that’s how I was diagnosed. It only lasted for a few months but losing my taste was the beginning of my journey.

  2. Heidi Weber
    Heidi Weber says:

    I am feeling and am out of control……..that is the worst I have ever felt. Depressing, but nothing to do but thinking tomorrow will be better.

    • Jim
      Jim says:

      I know your challenges. Sometimes, it’s too hard to even think about tomorrow because somehow, someway, I have to get through today without breaking down in tears. You’re not alone.

    • Sophia
      Sophia says:

      I too went through the lowest these last 2 nights. I actually had to call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline because I was feeling too low. They put me on hold for so long, I called a friend instead.

      • E. D. Ward
        E. D. Ward says:

        I just read your message please don’t give up. Your in my prayers because I to have MS and it’s been an extreme life change but I know it will get better and more manageable. May God Bless You

      • Frank
        Frank says:

        Don’t give up! I tried suicide. I thought for sure I got it right. Nope! Still here, thankfully. I could have been in a worse position because of it.

  3. Billie Lombardo
    Billie Lombardo says:

    I am so sick of being sick! My latest symptom to creep up is uncontrollable bowels. It has affected everything! I had to take fmla from work and my boss is not the nicest woman. If she could feel, for just ONE day what I do, then maybe there would be some compassion and understanding! I know I look fine, but lady if my ms was visible I would look like a freakin monster! 😕

    • Tricia
      Tricia says:

      So sorry to hear what you have to endure with a noncaring supervisor on top of MS! I pray things will get better for you!🙏🏽 I think we work for the same person! 😢

    • Adreanna Meacham
      Adreanna Meacham says:

      you should try and go see a urologist. my urologist help with prevent the problem with my bladder and bowels. I had it worst with bladder. your boss should know better then mess with you. cause you are protected by ADS and she can get in big trouble if she violate any of your rights under ADA.

    • Adrean
      Adrean says:

      I’m afraid to use medical marijuana. because they can not tell me for sure it will worsen my already issue with my thinking and damage MS caused to my brain. So afraid will progressive the damage in my brain.

      • Tammy Mann
        Tammy Mann says:

        Have you looked into CBD Oils. Also. I have bladder and bowel issues as well. 11 years ago I had a SP Catheter surgery. My catheter comes out of my abdomen/pubic area. Best decision I ever made. In regard to bowel; I no longer eat greasy or deep fried foods. Esp if I am not at home.

    • Anita Hohls
      Anita Hohls says:

      How are you doing on the marijuana treatment? Any improvements Heidi? I was too scared to try it and my psychiatrist says it benefits some for a while and others not.
      Since I have been on Betaferon injections every second day, I have duller pain and very few relapses where I needed steroid treatment. My neurologist gave me medicine to take in the morning called Neucon which is used to treat ADD or ADHD but in us MS people it has the opposite effect., it actually makes us more awake and energetic. I don’t need sleep during the day anymore and sleep well at night from 10pm to 6am.
      The adjustment of my medication by my Neurologist and Psychiatrist has made a great change in my life. The Illustrated View of MS are great.

  4. Erica P.
    Erica P. says:

    When people believe you’re perfectly fine because you hide things so well that it appears you’re functioning somehat normally. So,when you mention a headache or body ache they quickly compare themselves to you and say, oh,me too! Excuse me -Do you have MS? Then, no. You dont know what it’s like.

    • Adrean
      Adrean says:

      I recently heard this saying that I tell people when they try to compare there pain to mind” I am not look sick on the outside but on the inside it feel like the MS is alien trying to kill me from the inside of my body ripping though every part of my body and trying to get though my spine. when you feel that kind of pain come talk to me.

  5. mbnelson
    mbnelson says:

    Thank you, thank you! The illustrated view of MS is a wonderful way to explain this to anyone but especially for children The drawings are eye catching. The captions are both simple and smart.
    On a more personal note, I am ecstatic to encounter a MS website that is informational and promotes positive thinking.

    • Leah Bowditch
      Leah Bowditch says:

      Hi I have been diagnosed since 2015 and just about to start my social work degree. I’m hoping I can cope with the hours. So sorry to hear you cannot do this anymore. it is a worry of mine that this will happen to me.

      • Cathleen
        Cathleen says:

        Leah, go for your goals. I was dx with MS in 1994, in Oct right when I had started my dream job as an Elementary School Counselor after finishing my masters. I was so discouraged but determined not to let it keep me down. I loved my work and didn’t retire until 2014 because of my MS progression….which I was very angry about, but I managed to get 20 years in doing a job I loved with so many children i’ll remember forever!

    • Andiee
      Andiee says:

      One day I opened up my computer and couldn’t remember my passwords for the systems and I couldn’t remember how the do my job! A job I had done 14 years and I had trained numerous now employees how to do! When I finally quit I Think my office was relieved. They didn’t want to say anything to me to upset me because I had work with these lady’s a long time.

  6. Linda Westmoreland
    Linda Westmoreland says:

    so very true….a trip to see the doctor is major for me..just getting ready and then going and then waiting and then coming home and by then I am done for the day !!! Sounds crazy I know but true !!!

    • Eddie High
      Eddie High says:

      Completely agree I’m a veteran an I feel the same way but I completely enjoy the time I’m out and try to do as much as I can before I get home cuz as soon as I do I know I’m not going to be able to do anything else

  7. Bettes S.
    Bettes S. says:

    Yes, yes…indeed. All so very true.
    Several of these aren’t on my radar screen…and I’m grateful for as long as they stay away.

    And to hear…’you look so good’ means that I must be just fine…because I know it’s not all in my head. Such a nice compliment to hear…and then I find myself questioning the speaker AND myself. It almost can feel like a form of gas-lighting at times. We’re okay….we live positively with MS>

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