There are four types of multiple sclerosis. For a long time I didn’t know the difference, all I knew was that I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. While many of the symptoms for the different types of MS are similar, there are certain characteristics that set the four types of multiple sclerosis apart.
“Life is about the journey and not the destination.” There is no way we can predict what will happen tomorrow. The only day we have is today, right now. No matter if you have MS, diabetes, arthritis, or any other chronic condition, it is important to live each day to its fullest. It is about taking baby steps, not pushing yourself to the breaking point. You do not have to let your condition stop you from doing something, just do it smartly and differently if you have to. No one knows your body like you do — not even your doctor. By letting it get used to new ways of doing things, you gain back the power to decide what is right for you.
For some people, a diagnosis of MS happens after symptoms begin suddenly. Others may experience symptoms on and off for years and still have trouble finding the cause. A person diagnosed with MS may feel angry, surprised, sad, worried, or even depressed. Some may even feel a lack of emotion, as if it is happening to someone else.
The reality is that MS will make its presence known and its power felt. It wants full command and it can unhinge emotions so that tears and laughter erupt with less control. People with MS have to maintain a well-balanced diet, exercise on a regular basis, get plenty of rest, and schedule weekly doctor appointments. They become reliant on a healthy routine, because it keeps them protected from the enemy disease.
Migraine is not typically included in the clinical features of multiple sclerosis (MS), although it occurs 2 to 3 times more frequently in patients with MS than the general population.1,2 Clinical overlap between migraine and MS has been recognized since 1952, when a study by McAlpine and Compston3 observed that 2% of patients with MS developed migraine within 3 months of an initial relapse. A higher overall prevalence of migraine in MS has since been supported by multiple controlled and uncontrolled studies reporting rates between 21% and 69%.1Still, the effects of this possible association are unclear, with hypotheses suggesting that migraine may be a precursor of MS, that migraine and MS share a common pathophysiology, and that migraine experienced in MS is a distinct subtype.
The science of multiple sclerosis (MS) changes so rapidly that people with the condition, their families, and even their doctors can be forgiven for not knowing all the latest news about MS. But holding on to outdated myths and misconceptions about the disease may mean limiting your activities unnecessarily or missing out on the best treatments.
With more accurate, up-to-date knowledge of MS, people who live with it can have a higher quality of life. Here are some of the most common MS myths — and the truth about each one.
Trying to come up with the one thing you can’t live without when you have MS is a real noggin-twister. It’s like being asked what one thing you would need to survive on a desert island.