How Do You Get MS

How do you get Multiple Sclerosis? Do I have MS?!? I see these questions all the time on social media.  I thought it might be helpful to put my answers all in the same place. 

MS is a disease that is diagnosed in people throughout the world but it is more common farther from the equator… I am going to do my best at a quick "About MS" Post to answer some common questions.

Bladder Infections & MS

Back in the Spring of 2022 I found myself struggling with pain from a bladder infection.  

In August of 2022 I was able to have a virtual appointment with a local Neuro-Urologist.

Not just a urologist in the phone book or one recommended by a friend.  I wanted to see a Neuro-Urologist because my bladder dysfunction has come to light with the increase in my MS symptoms.  

The doctor that I saw today has a clinical interest in urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction.  These are the two areas where I am noticing problems.  

Bladder Infections & MS

Back in the Spring of 2022 I found myself struggling with pain from a bladder infection.  

In August of 2022 I was able to have a virtual appointment with a local Neuro-Urologist.

Not just a urologist in the phone book or one recommended by a friend.  I wanted to see a Neuro-Urologist because my bladder dysfunction has come to light with the increase in my MS symptoms.  

The doctor that I saw today has a clinical interest in urinary incontinence and voiding dysfunction.  These are the two areas where I am noticing problems.  

Multiple Sclerosis Affects Your Mouth?

Dental caries and periodontal disease are a major concern for people with MS. A study has shown that the risk of tooth decay is higher in people with MS than in the general population. I can tell you my teeth have always been a pain for me. They break, they fracture, and they get cavities. I can’t seem to stay ahead of it. This has been going on way longer than my MS.

Parenting with Paresthesia

Paresthesia is what doctors call pins and needles. For many, the most distressing symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensory disturbances. For me, the sensations can include numbness, itching, and burning pain. These sensory disruptions are a part of life for many with MS.  

The pain in my neck

Kids can be a pain in the neck, as the saying goes. One thing that never really impacted me prior to this exacerbation was pain. 
I have lots of different kinds of pain. The pain in my legs, hands and neck are the areas that most impact my life. 

In the last couple of months, as the exacerbation wears on, the pain is getting more pronounced.

When Kids Get Sick

November 5, 2021

In September the Mini went to kindergarten. I was piecing together morning care so I could work. The schedule was always changing as I went to doctor appointments and treatment. It has not been a smooth introduction to big girl school.

Parenting with Forearm Crutches

Oct 23, 2021

To say that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays would be an understatement. So I booked The Mini into an arts & craft event in a neighboring town. Traffic was unbearable getting there. Once I got closer to the town center I saw that there was a huge Fall Festival happening. And so did The Mini. 

Intermittent Mobility Issues

Oct. 15-18, 2021

Handicap placard… well I reached out to my healthcare team again. I wanted some clarification about handicap placards. 

What?? 

"But you can walk!?! You paint houses, and lay flooring! You are not Handicapped! You are the kind of person who ruins a well intentioned system."