Friday, March 1, 2013

My MS M.O., THE MS COLD & FLU SEASON

Years before I was diagnosed with MS, I kept copious diaries of my health, my aging. I have been fascinated by the aging process, what happens to what body part during what year and so on. So, when my doctor asked if I had been ill when my "symptoms" began, I had to stop and think, refer to my diaries.

"Anything at all? The sniffles?" he asked.

Looking back I noticed that indeed there seemed to often be cold-like symptoms after my MS-like symptoms began. That wasn't the answer he was looking for, not exactly. This was in the early, centuries ago, okay, twenty years, but seems like 100 in research-years, in MS understanding.

Now it makes perfect sense: a cold starts in the body before symptoms appear, one is contagious before you know you should stay away from others---and the body's T-cells are already taking off to go after the intruder, which activates an erroneous attack on nerve coverings ( called myelin), soon something will go wrong in your body. You had a cold, it's gone, you can't lift your left foot normally. 

That has been MY MS M.O., and if you track your illnesses other than MS, you may find a similar path. In the beginning something triggers the T-cells to attack. It is fine to get a flu shot, in fact, most neurologists will recommend it. Of course someone will have a horror story about the flu vaccine, but let's deal with the majority.

My MS is in the secondary progressive stage. We have been close for at least 25 years. It doesn't surprise me much anymore. But then I have always been fairly healthy. (I think. I mean that ovarian cancer sneaked up on me...) Feb. 14th I started blowing my nose. I can recall each day after, how my cold progressed. Most interesting is that I should have 'seen' it coming. Feb. 1st, I was seeing lights where lights shouldn't be. It all felt strange and comfortable at the same time.  MS is like that.

Then I was weak for no good reason. Just when I was starting to think, "THIS IS IT! I'M PROGRESSING! I'LL BE DEAD SOON!" I caught a cold, sneezing, coughing, and my vision resolved, my strength returned. MS is like that.

I am in my mid fifties now. MS will be with me until I die. Funny how even after so many years it can spin you around. But then,
MS is like that.

4 comments:

Karen said...

Years before I was diagnosed with MS, I kept copious diaries of my health, my aging. I have been fascinated by the aging process, what happens to what body part during what year and so on. So, when my doctor asked if I had been ill when my "symptoms" began, I had to stop and think, refer to my diaries.

"Anything at all? The sniffles?" he asked.

Looking back I noticed that indeed there seemed to often be cold-like symptoms after my MS-like symptoms began. That wasn't the answer he was looking for, not exactly. This was in the early, centuries ago, okay, twenty years, but seems like 100 in research-years, in MS understanding.

Now it makes perfect sense: a cold starts in the body before symptoms appear, one is contagious before you know you should stay away from others---and the body's T-cells are already taking off to go after the intruder, which activates an erroneous attack on nerve coverings ( called myelin), soon something will go wrong in your body. You had a cold, it's gone, you can't lift your left foot normally. 

That has been MY MS M.O., and if you track your illnesses other than MS, you may find a similar path. In the beginning something triggers the T-cells to attack. It is fine to get a flu shot, in fact, most neurologists will recommend it. Of course someone will have a horror story about the flu vaccine, but let's deal with the majority.

My MS is in the secondary progressive stage. We have been close for at least 25 years. It doesn't surprise me much anymore. But then I have always been fairly healthy. (I think. I mean that ovarian cancer sneaked up on me...) Feb. 14th I started blowing my nose. I can recall each day after, how my cold progressed. Most interesting is that I should have 'seen' it coming. Feb. 1st, I was seeing lights where lights shouldn't be. It all felt strange and comfortable at the same time.  MS is like that.

Then I was weak for no good reason. Just when I was starting to think, "THIS IS IT! I'M PROGRESSING! I'LL BE DEAD SOON!" I caught a cold, sneezing, coughing, and my vision resolved, my strength returned. MS is like that.

I am in my mid fifties now. MS will be with me until I die. Funny how even after so many years it can spin you around. But then,
MS is like that.

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OldLady Of The Hills said...

Years before I was diagnosed with MS, I kept copious diaries of my health, my aging. I have been fascinated by the aging process, what happens to what body part during what year and so on. So, when my doctor asked if I had been ill when my "symptoms" began, I had to stop and think, refer to my diaries.

"Anything at all? The sniffles?" he asked.

Looking back I noticed that indeed there seemed to often be cold-like symptoms after my MS-like symptoms began. That wasn't the answer he was looking for, not exactly. This was in the early, centuries ago, okay, twenty years, but seems like 100 in research-years, in MS understanding.

Now it makes perfect sense: a cold starts in the body before symptoms appear, one is contagious before you know you should stay away from others---and the body's T-cells are already taking off to go after the intruder, which activates an erroneous attack on nerve coverings ( called myelin), soon something will go wrong in your body. You had a cold, it's gone, you can't lift your left foot normally. 

That has been MY MS M.O., and if you track your illnesses other than MS, you may find a similar path. In the beginning something triggers the T-cells to attack. It is fine to get a flu shot, in fact, most neurologists will recommend it. Of course someone will have a horror story about the flu vaccine, but let's deal with the majority.

My MS is in the secondary progressive stage. We have been close for at least 25 years. It doesn't surprise me much anymore. But then I have always been fairly healthy. (I think. I mean that ovarian cancer sneaked up on me...) Feb. 14th I started blowing my nose. I can recall each day after, how my cold progressed. Most interesting is that I should have 'seen' it coming. Feb. 1st, I was seeing lights where lights shouldn't be. It all felt strange and comfortable at the same time.  MS is like that.

Then I was weak for no good reason. Just when I was starting to think, "THIS IS IT! I'M PROGRESSING! I'LL BE DEAD SOON!" I caught a cold, sneezing, coughing, and my vision resolved, my strength returned. MS is like that.

I am in my mid fifties now. MS will be with me until I die. Funny how even after so many years it can spin you around. But then,
MS is like that.

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Ami said...

Years before I was diagnosed with MS, I kept copious diaries of my health, my aging. I have been fascinated by the aging process, what happens to what body part during what year and so on. So, when my doctor asked if I had been ill when my "symptoms" began, I had to stop and think, refer to my diaries.

"Anything at all? The sniffles?" he asked.

Looking back I noticed that indeed there seemed to often be cold-like symptoms after my MS-like symptoms began. That wasn't the answer he was looking for, not exactly. This was in the early, centuries ago, okay, twenty years, but seems like 100 in research-years, in MS understanding.

Now it makes perfect sense: a cold starts in the body before symptoms appear, one is contagious before you know you should stay away from others---and the body's T-cells are already taking off to go after the intruder, which activates an erroneous attack on nerve coverings ( called myelin), soon something will go wrong in your body. You had a cold, it's gone, you can't lift your left foot normally. 

That has been MY MS M.O., and if you track your illnesses other than MS, you may find a similar path. In the beginning something triggers the T-cells to attack. It is fine to get a flu shot, in fact, most neurologists will recommend it. Of course someone will have a horror story about the flu vaccine, but let's deal with the majority.

My MS is in the secondary progressive stage. We have been close for at least 25 years. It doesn't surprise me much anymore. But then I have always been fairly healthy. (I think. I mean that ovarian cancer sneaked up on me...) Feb. 14th I started blowing my nose. I can recall each day after, how my cold progressed. Most interesting is that I should have 'seen' it coming. Feb. 1st, I was seeing lights where lights shouldn't be. It all felt strange and comfortable at the same time.  MS is like that.

Then I was weak for no good reason. Just when I was starting to think, "THIS IS IT! I'M PROGRESSING! I'LL BE DEAD SOON!" I caught a cold, sneezing, coughing, and my vision resolved, my strength returned. MS is like that.

I am in my mid fifties now. MS will be with me until I die. Funny how even after so many years it can spin you around. But then,
MS is like that.

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Diane J Standiford said...

Years before I was diagnosed with MS, I kept copious diaries of my health, my aging. I have been fascinated by the aging process, what happens to what body part during what year and so on. So, when my doctor asked if I had been ill when my "symptoms" began, I had to stop and think, refer to my diaries.

"Anything at all? The sniffles?" he asked.

Looking back I noticed that indeed there seemed to often be cold-like symptoms after my MS-like symptoms began. That wasn't the answer he was looking for, not exactly. This was in the early, centuries ago, okay, twenty years, but seems like 100 in research-years, in MS understanding.

Now it makes perfect sense: a cold starts in the body before symptoms appear, one is contagious before you know you should stay away from others---and the body's T-cells are already taking off to go after the intruder, which activates an erroneous attack on nerve coverings ( called myelin), soon something will go wrong in your body. You had a cold, it's gone, you can't lift your left foot normally. 

That has been MY MS M.O., and if you track your illnesses other than MS, you may find a similar path. In the beginning something triggers the T-cells to attack. It is fine to get a flu shot, in fact, most neurologists will recommend it. Of course someone will have a horror story about the flu vaccine, but let's deal with the majority.

My MS is in the secondary progressive stage. We have been close for at least 25 years. It doesn't surprise me much anymore. But then I have always been fairly healthy. (I think. I mean that ovarian cancer sneaked up on me...) Feb. 14th I started blowing my nose. I can recall each day after, how my cold progressed. Most interesting is that I should have 'seen' it coming. Feb. 1st, I was seeing lights where lights shouldn't be. It all felt strange and comfortable at the same time.  MS is like that.

Then I was weak for no good reason. Just when I was starting to think, "THIS IS IT! I'M PROGRESSING! I'LL BE DEAD SOON!" I caught a cold, sneezing, coughing, and my vision resolved, my strength returned. MS is like that.

I am in my mid fifties now. MS will be with me until I die. Funny how even after so many years it can spin you around. But then,
MS is like that.

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