Chronicles of Life with Multiple Sclerosis
Damn we need to open our own school for ourselves and others like us.
I’m still waiting to hear from the X-Men. (Hey, a nerdy girl can dream, right?)
I mean, my body destroys itself! How is that not a super power? My immune system attacks itself! What can yours do? Function properly? BORING.
I have an auto immune disease because the only thing strong enough to kick my ass is me. (Not my quote. But still awesome.)
Anyway, Charles? Xavier? Which should I call you? When you get this, my dear Professor, know that I am ready and waiting to join your team.
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What a gift that is. Cannot wait to see what 2013 has in store for us all.
As always, thank you for reading.
Love & spoons,
*You can find the artist of this lovely painting here.
To all my MS, Fibro, Lupus, RA, Pancreatitis, and chronic pain friends. Please try your best to have a wonderful Christmas. I know this time of year is exceptionally hard as we are pushing ourselves and trying to appear normal around friends and family. Trying not to show our pain so we won’t make them feel “uncomfortable”. But tonight, I received a huge reality check as to what my body can and cannot do.
My face feels like acid has been poured on it. The muscle in my left arm is protruding and so tight and exceptionally painful. My leg muscles are so tight that walking hurts like heck and when staying still it still hurts like heck. Headache escalating quickly.
Doing my best to not let it steal my holiday spirit. It’s easy to say but hard to ensure that is doesn’t.
and find out for sure if I can add a new name to my list of auto immune disorders. Have a bad history with Rheumatologists’ miss diagnosing me with lupus, blowing me off, telling me things are all in my head or maybe I’m just fat. So I’m anxious about it. My neuro told me he trusts this guy and I like my neuro so fingers crossed. He’s pretty certain thats whats adding to my pain but he’s not a rheumatologist.
Been too tired to post much more than a line or two response to things. but this is the second new specialist after the Sleep specialist I started seeing in the last month or so. I’ll have to post more about that but what she told me was ‘hey, so you barely have sleep apnea and I think your first Neurologist was use a jerk and didn’t think you had symptoms of MS (other than blindness hah) and sent you to do sleep studies to ignore you.” That, oddly, was not shocking at all. Its why I left old neuro for my current neuro who is at an MS clinic. Specialists are important whit this sorta thing. #lifelesson heh. If only I had been strong enough to leave sooner.
The neuro change ended up ok for the most part and the sleep specialist seems really good and knowledgable about MS (understanding co-existing issues holy shitballs! ). Have a GP I like.. I’m wondering if I’m getting too lucky on the doctor front..
Ignoring that potential luck issue, Here’s hoping tomorrow goes in the same sort of direction. Mostly any direction that doesn’t stress me so much I can’t drive myself home from the depths of downtown boston medical area at what will be close to rush hour. heh.
I know RA is genetic, but in my case, I am the first one in my immediate family to have it (neither parent, no grandparents, no aunts/uncles)
So stop asking “Oh who else in your family has it?” Because my answer is nobody.
Sometimes people around you just need to shut up.. and thats the best thing they can do for you. *hugs*
Absolutely. This post from RA Warrior details the comparison, and these two sources from the Center for Disease Control are how the fact was derived. To sum it up for you from the ‘97 CDC mortality reports, RA accounted for 22% of all deaths due to arthritis and other rheumatic conditions, Lupus accounted for 14.5%. As of 2006, mortality rates for Lupus has decreased, so that’s always good news! Unfortunately as of 2007, the RA mortality gap was still widening, however there was a decrease in mortality rates among pediatric RA sufferers.
I wish every doctor could read this. Thank you for this post.
I hear the phrase a lot from doctors, physician bloggers, surgeons, nurses, fellow patients and loved ones; being labeled the “difficult patient” because of a chronic or complicated illness.
I’ve heard “the difficult patient” referred to as a lot of things: the patient with a nasty attitude; the patient who refuses treatment or refuses to take care of their body; the patient with a complicated family situation; the patient with a terminal/complicated disease pattern; the patient whose disease remains a mystery; the patient who can’t give a straight answer; the patient who has a chronic illness.
Most of those definitions I understand. But it’s the phrase I have an issue with when it comes to being the chronically ill patient.