feelin’ good

by tinglyfeeling on May 25, 2009

seaweed/seafoamI’ve been sick for nearly a week now. Just regular, head-cold sick, though, with the stuffy head, runny nose and a lung-wracking cough added to the mix a couple days ago.

The funny thing is–well, if there’s anything funny about being sick–is that my MS symptoms haven’t gotten worse these last few days. I totally thought that having a cold meant my MS symptoms would take a turn toward Crapsville. But I’ve only been feeling crappy because of my cold. So yay!

It’s weird to be excited about something like this, right? But for me, it’s good to know that there’s no hard-and-fast rule that says that getting sick will make this other disease I have worse.

It’s helped me realize that the preconception that something like a head cold (or sunshine, physical activity, white wine, or whatever) will make my MS worse is actually unhealthy because it justifies my fear of the unknown and keeps me from doing things I might enjoy. It keeps me from just living.

So not being completely destroyed by this cold is a kind of victory for me. Maybe it will be different the next time, who knows? But I’ll just have to take it as it comes. I’ve only been dealing with multiple sclerosis for a year, but one thing I like to think that I’ve learned–so far–is that dealing with this disease based on preconceived rules is just too limiting, MS or no MS.

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  • Paul Blake MH

    Hi,
    I also like to see preconceptions busted wide open. Here are a few observations I have made that dig into some preconceptions that keep people tied up. Have you noticed that modern medicine says they need your money to find a cure and yet they have not found a cure for anything in 60 years, 0. And autoimmune diseases like MS are interesting there are approximately 80 to 100 with another 40 waiting for a name and if you get one you will get another and so on. Medical science cannot explain why we have this autoimmune epidemic or why you have even one of these diseases. You can trigger one of them just by having an auto accident, taking aspirin or medication or by starting a new exercise routine, even too much stress says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root, it is in the basics beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Scientific arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. This month 150 new chemicals will be added to the 85,000 which are part of the autoimmune problem. They will be added too industry with no oversight control at all. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for a MS sufferer you are attacking your body with your immune system, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.
    Sincerely
    Paul

  • http://http//theherbprof.com Paul Blake MH

    Hi,
    I also like to see preconceptions busted wide open. Here are a few observations I have made that dig into some preconceptions that keep people tied up. Have you noticed that modern medicine says they need your money to find a cure and yet they have not found a cure for anything in 60 years, 0. And autoimmune diseases like MS are interesting there are approximately 80 to 100 with another 40 waiting for a name and if you get one you will get another and so on. Medical science cannot explain why we have this autoimmune epidemic or why you have even one of these diseases. You can trigger one of them just by having an auto accident, taking aspirin or medication or by starting a new exercise routine, even too much stress says latest research. Naturopathic medicine says, “Look for the root, it is in the basics beginning with what is on your fork, what toxins are in your body, what exercise do you do, what stress is in your life, what is your spiritual base”. Scientific arrogance has led us down the wrong path we better stop and take a close look at what is happening. This month 150 new chemicals will be added to the 85,000 which are part of the autoimmune problem. They will be added too industry with no oversight control at all. Autoimmune disease is the worst kind of contradiction; for a MS sufferer you are attacking your body with your immune system, a world upside down. God bless you in your search.
    Sincerely
    Paul

  • http://brassandivory.blogspot.com/ Lisa Emrich

    So glad that you’re feeling good while you’ve been feeling bad. I agree with you. There are no guarantees with MS and preconceived notions are not helpful. I cringe (slightly) when folks declare that having a cold or getting sick will “make your MS worse.” No. But if you run a fever then you might feel worse temporarily.

    Glad that you’re not feeling worse. :)

  • http://brassandivory.blogspot.com Lisa Emrich

    So glad that you’re feeling good while you’ve been feeling bad. I agree with you. There are no guarantees with MS and preconceived notions are not helpful. I cringe (slightly) when folks declare that having a cold or getting sick will “make your MS worse.” No. But if you run a fever then you might feel worse temporarily.

    Glad that you’re not feeling worse. :)

  • http://wonlife.wordpress.com/ stephen

    i’ve never heard of a cold making ms symptoms worse, but it’s such a weird disease, very little about it would surprise me. heat, activity, yeah, those are my kryptonite. good for you for keeping a good ‘tude. as far as i know, with ms there are NO hard and fast rules at all. nice to stumble upon another ms-er online, there’s a lot of us.

  • http://wonlife.wordpress.com/ stephen

    i’ve never heard of a cold making ms symptoms worse, but it’s such a weird disease, very little about it would surprise me. heat, activity, yeah, those are my kryptonite. good for you for keeping a good ‘tude. as far as i know, with ms there are NO hard and fast rules at all. nice to stumble upon another ms-er online, there’s a lot of us.

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Paul – Agreed that there are many, many triggers for my symptoms, most of them still a mystery to me. And I don’t trust drug companies either, but I’m taking disease-modifying drugs because I don’t want to regret *not* taking them later. I’ve only been on Avonex for a year and I don’t know if it’s working because I haven’t had an MRI since I started, but I’m still hopeful. While I don’t trust drug companies, I need to be able to trust my doctors and health care professionals–and that includes naturopaths, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. No one has all the answers. Treating this disease is a series of experiments.

    Lisa & Stephen – I heard about the cold thing from a man in my support group. He said that his symptoms got a lot worse when he had a cold and so it was something I decided to watch out for. I have noticed some changes in my symptoms when I’m congested–but mostly just the skin on my face around my nose and sinuses goes numb. Fun times. I think stress is more of a factor than the head cold.

    And Stephen, heat is totally my kryptonite! It’s funny you call it that because that’s what I’ve been calling it, too. This last week in Seattle was in the upper 80s to 90s and it was kind of tough–but just as tough for me is a sudden drop in barometric pressure. It’s a cool, cloudy 62 degrees today and I hurt all over. You win some, you lose some….

  • http://www.tinglyfeeling.com/ tinglyfeeling

    Paul – Agreed that there are many, many triggers for my symptoms, most of them still a mystery to me. And I don’t trust drug companies either, but I’m taking disease-modifying drugs because I don’t want to regret *not* taking them later. I’ve only been on Avonex for a year and I don’t know if it’s working because I haven’t had an MRI since I started, but I’m still hopeful. While I don’t trust drug companies, I need to be able to trust my doctors and health care professionals–and that includes naturopaths, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. No one has all the answers. Treating this disease is a series of experiments.

    Lisa & Stephen – I heard about the cold thing from a man in my support group. He said that his symptoms got a lot worse when he had a cold and so it was something I decided to watch out for. I have noticed some changes in my symptoms when I’m congested–but mostly just the skin on my face around my nose and sinuses goes numb. Fun times. I think stress is more of a factor than the head cold.

    And Stephen, heat is totally my kryptonite! It’s funny you call it that because that’s what I’ve been calling it, too. This last week in Seattle was in the upper 80s to 90s and it was kind of tough–but just as tough for me is a sudden drop in barometric pressure. It’s a cool, cloudy 62 degrees today and I hurt all over. You win some, you lose some….

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