Sunday, November 9, 2014



Optic neuritis and eye problems

Optic neuritis is the inflammation of the nerves in the eye.  This condition is estimated to affect over 50% of MS patients and is the first symptom in 15%.  It can manifest itself in double vision, pain in the eye, unclear vision or a "shimmering" effect. 
My doctor told me the shimmering is optic migraines. I get chevrons that jag horizontally and look like gel pins colored them..

Tingling in the fingers 'Imagine having your hands in chemicals..and they tingle''

This could happen to anyone, but if it becomes a recurring problem or appears to be persistent, you may want to consult a doctor.  It might not be MS – it could be a muscle problem, an unrelated nerve issue or something else – but it is worth getting checked out nonetheless!

Strange feelings in the arms or legs
Weakness, fatigue or clumsiness are not uncommon in the limbs for someone who is yet to be diagnosed.  Tingling or loss of sensation could also occur, and it is most common in the legs. FIRE PAIN ... nothing cools off the burning sensation. Except the Pacific ocean!

Muscle weakness
Are you having difficulty doing seemingly simple tasks due to muscle weakness?  This could be a sign that nerve signals may not be delivering properly within the brain; you should consult your doctor.. Have you held something and it slipped your grasp?  Clumsy?

Fatigue alone affects many people with a variety of conditions, MS among them.  In the early stages of MS, around 20% of patients report fatigue. I experience bone weary fatigue and it can appear an hour after a full nights sleep.. feeling as if I drove non stop from Phoenix to Dallas on the I-10.. bone weary.

Poor coordination 
In many cases of MS, strange gait when walking or a lack of balance could be the initial sign that something is wrong.  
You may have difficult walking straight, may lose balance easily and coordination may be effected. 

Lhermitte's Sign
This is an electrical sensation that runs down the spine and into the legs.  
It often comes out when the neck is bent forward and could be indicative of MS.

Spasticity is the inability to control muscles, 
and it leads to difficulty with spasms and stiffness. 
 This is very common among MS patients and causes increases
MS Fatigue because it happens at night when your trying to sleep..

Other MS symptoms besides chronic pain.. 

Vertigo, dizziness,  hand tremors, facial pain, muscle spasms, 
speech difficult and difficulty swallowing, incontinence........
It takes so much more energy to do task .. five times more than a non MSer.

Teeth ache!  It is why we pull our teeth out.. and we have phantom teeth aches. Which I think
is part of the Lhermittes..

The Vertigo.. you prefer to lay down to watch T.V. or get dizzy.  The second floor at the MALL
makes your legs collapse... 
WHOA down you go!

I forgot MS HUGS!
The MS HUG seems to be different for everyone from what I have read on the boards.
But for me, I cannot move and it feels like a ton of lead blankets are laid on top of
my chest, like getting an x-ray and I cannot breath..
Others say ''they feel tightly squeezed and cannot breath.''