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Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms Overview

Symptom Puzzle

Multiple sclerosis has more symptoms associated with it than any other disease - over 80 different ways that your body can malfunction or feel weird. Understandably, people are often confused if something is related to their MS or not. I'll give you an overview in this article, as well as some articles on some other surprising symptoms of MS. Have a look and see if some of the strange things that you feel are actually part of your MS.

Multiple Sclerosis Spotlight10

Marijuana Pills and Spray May Help MS Symptoms

Monday March 31, 2014

With Colorado recently legalizing the use of medical marijuana, people love to ask me if I would use it (I think they really want to know if I am currently using it) for my MS symptoms. They are no doubt disappointed when I tell them that I would definitely use it if I had spasticity or other symptoms, but those aren't my biggest problems. Since my main symptoms are fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, I cannot imagine that pot would do anything but make those worse (but I probably wouldn't care about them as much if I did use some marijuana).

The American Academy of Neurology just released guidelines on the use of complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis and concluded that oral cannabis extracts, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and a cannabinoid mouth spray might be useful in relieving spasticity and pain. Read more about these guidelines here.

Have you tried any of the cannabis therapies? Share your experiences with these therapies in the comments section below.



Body Temperature and Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

Monday March 31, 2014

I had no idea that resting body temperature could be different among different groups of people (who did not have an infection, that is). Turns out that it can.

In this study, researchers took the temperature and tested 40 healthy controls, 50 people with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and 22 people with secondary-progressive MS (SPMS) for general fatigue, physical fatigue and cognitive fatigue. Here is what they found:

  • Body temperature (taken with an aural - in the ear - thermometer) was highest in people with RRMS at 37.04 degrees Celsius (98.67 degrees Fahrenheit). Normal temperature is 36.75 (98.15).
  • Controls had an average temperature of 36.83 (98.29) and people with SPMS had a temperature of 36.75 (98.15).
  • Warmer body temperature was associated with general fatigue and physical fatigue, but not cognitive fatigue.

While the differences here don't seem like very much, I have heard that a fraction of a degree in core temperature can hugely affect how a person with MS functions. Of course, this is preliminary data, but I know that on hot days, drinking a huge glass of water with lots of ice or taking a cold shower can give me a little more energy.

What about you? Do you know your average body temperature? What are some of your tricks for keeping cool? Let us know in the comments section below.

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"MS Guilt" and Summer

Sunday March 30, 2014

It's getting closer to high season for what I call "MS guilt." That is the guilt that many of us feel when we cannot do everything that we want to and we are convinced that we are disappointing everyone around us.

This feeling is especially prevalent for me during the summer months. I'm sure that I am much crabbier towards my family. I know that I can't cook as much and my housekeeping skills suffer, as well. The worst part, however, are the times that I am forced to tell my family that I can't do something fun with them because I am just not feeling well - usually because of the heat.

What about you? How do you handle this feeling? Share your stories and tips with us in the comments section below.

Read the full article: Do you have "MS Guilt?"

Have you tried biofeedback for MS?

Sunday March 30, 2014

I'm a huge fan of biofeedback. I cannot imagine how it could cause any harm. Instead, you are gaining control of your ability to manage stress and your response to it - just through your mind. No drugs required.

Have you tried biofeedback? Let us know how it worked for you in the comments section below.

Read the full article: Biofeedback for Multiple Sclerosis

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