MS affects everyone differently, but those affected for a length of time usually share some of the same symptoms. I’ve been struck by the irony and sometimes cruelty of how the common symptoms of this condition work against each other. There are a number of symptoms which, when combined, create either tragedy or comedy, depending on the kind of day a person is having.
For example, a disease is discovered that includes speech problems as a symptom and it is labeled with a name nobody can easily say, especially those who have it!! A bit ironic, don’t you think? At least it has an abbreviation.
MS symptoms often require medication, most in pill form. One symptom can be swallowing difficulty. How do those patients take their medicine?
Another irony presents itself when an MS symptom, bladder urgency, requires quick movement to a bathroom, but many people with MS have difficulty walking to get there.
Ironic, isn’t it, that someone with MS may not be able to perform a task, so might have to explain in words to someone else how to do it; but speech and vocabulary may be affected, making it difficult and frustrating to communicate information verbally.
I also find it ironic that spasticity causes some rigidity that helps give legs strength to hold one up in the absence of muscle strength, but can also do much to prevent one from standing and/or walking.
Be sure to exercise and eat healthy, they say. But those things take time and many of us struggle with fatigue.
What ironies have you found in your journey with MS? What daily frustrations do you deal with? Or is there a positive irony I’m overlooking?