To My MS Friends Relapsing

It is obvious to anyone living with Multiple Sclerosis that it is "that" time of year again. With the change of seasons comes the change with our MS and yet another wild adventure into the unknown world of what's happening now.

It is no doubt common knowledge to other "hubbers" but for those who perhaps read these articles without necessarily writing any of your own,Hubpages allows its users to check on the readership of each published hub. While specific ID's are not made beyond the search engine information associated with Adsense, a daily chart of readers is readily available for  hubbers to check.

That said, I have noticed a specific trend when it comes to the seasonal changes occurring throughout the year. The most popular hubs about MS are the ones I have written about my steroid treatments. The numbers are not high, but are consistent in views per day. When I notice an upward trend developing it catches my attention and I check the daily views more carefully.

Now that I have been here on Hubpages for well over a year, I know the upward climbs represent an increase in relapses. As is often the case when we relapse we look for information to soothe ourselves or to empower ourselves through the knowledge and experience of others.

Well, here it is, finally autumn seems to have arrived and before we can get settled into normal temperature adjustments we have to come face-to-face with seasonal flare-ups. What a bummer!

October/November Will I Flare?

So to all my MS family who may be relapsing right now, you are in my thoughts. I know it is an especially rough time for parents who have children beginning another school year. Yet whether or not there are children directly involved, seasonal flare-ups are a bear and it takes an entirely different mindset to make it through.

Back in the day, it seemed I would have a major flare-up every single October or November regardless of how well I was feeling or how good I was doing. I remember one year in particular when I made it all the way to the very last day of November and had a major attack. I was shocked and mad and hurt all at the same time.

Since those good old days, I don't seem to experience a massive attack anymore. Not that I don't feel a definite drop in my overall condition with the arrival of fall, just that my body doesn't seem to launch a major attack on me any more.

Still, those who are flaring up with regularity have my deepest sympathy. I empathize with what is happening to you and I am wishing you all a speedy recovery in the very near future.

Do What You Have To Do

It is important whether new to MS or not, to heed your body's signals and try to learn to ride out the flare-up as efficiently as possible. Newbies learn they cannot will an attack into submission. It will get you before you get it, if you don't admit a flare-up is happening.

I remember the doubts of whether or not a flare-up was really occurring. If you've ruled out the possibility of a pseudo flare-up, then you might as well accept the fact that it is no doubt happening. I never ran to my neurologist with every little problem. However I did finally learn that symptoms lasting more than 48 hours needed my undivided attention.Not that a visit to the neurologist is always necessary, just that we should pay attention to our bodies.

Depending on whether or not you are working, you might be able to delay the inevitable visit, hoping to recover on your own. However, if you are working and flaring chances are the exacerbation will need some assistance before it clears up.

To Steroid or Not to Steroid . . . that is the question

I know you don't want to be bothered with steroids; I totally understand why you are resisting. I hope you can hold out and let your body heal itself, but dependent upon how much you are suffering, you just might have to reach out for some help. This time of the year is one of the busiest for neurologists so calling for an appointment will already be more difficult than usual. Keep that in mind as you hesitate to make your necessary appointment. Seems to me we procrastinators all wait until the end of the week or the very beginning of the week to seek help.

For me, I waited in hopes the weekend would make a difference, telling myself I would feel better by the following Monday. Or if my problems started on Monday I would wait until the end of the week, telling myself I just needed a couple of days of rest.

While this might very well be the case in some instances, if you are flaring at the same time every year and you have had MS longer than a year, your gut instinct is probably telling you to call your neurologist. Listen to your gut and make the call. Suffering any longer than is absolutely necessary is too high of a price to pay.

Some Attacks Are More Dangerous Than Others

While there are those of us who can ride through flare-ups of dizziness or fatigue, other types of flare-ups should not be ignored.

  • Choking or Coughing
  • Inability to walk or stand
  • Loss of arm strength

Listed above are just a couple of examples of dangerous situations that could lead to serious complications. For the record these are the attacks that get my undivided attention down to this day. Don't take them lightly or view them as problems that can be overcome with time. So often that is just not the case.

Be Well

If the steroid roller coaster is in your future, my heart goes out to you. Don't worry you will get through this one too, even if it is totally new symptoms you find yourself dealing with. Meanwhile listen to your body, take care of yourself and hopefully you will be up and about again soon.

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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Welcome to Hubpages nclark140! I will check out your profile page.


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nclark140 5 years ago from Deep Dirty South

Okay, I just officially got an account. So maybe after I finish this comment, my picture will pop up and you’ll be able to respond. Here goes.....


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi Garnetbird, I hope your best friend finds some relief soon from one of the new medications coming down the pike. She is in my thoughts as are you. :)


Garnetbird 5 years ago

Excellent Hub--My bestfriend of (40) yrs. duration has serious MS and has been near death from relapses. Thank you for writing this.


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Well I hope you use my tracker and sign up here at Hubpages, if you haven't already done so. http://hubpages.com/health/To-My-MS-Friends-Relaps...

You might as well make some passive revenue while you write, don't you think?

So sorry about the relapse, please feel free to contact me by email if I can be of any assistance. Take it one day at a time and let us hope the changes you face will be temporary in nature.

All the best to you!

Dar


Nicole 5 years ago

I am in the midst of a life changing exacerbation and I wrote an 2800 word essay about it. I have always been passionate about writing. So just tell me where to go from here.

I’m ready. I surely have the time! Nicole


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi green tea-cher there is much interest in CCSVI in fact there is a facebook page dedicated to just this topic. I have read of many success stories so we are still waiting for the final word and researching on our own. It is exciting though.

Hi Paradise, always a pleasure when you drop by to say hello! While I wouldn't mind feeling a little better, at least I haven't experienced an all out exacerbation, one more tough month to get through and the coast should be clear. :-)


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, Jen. You are so brave to deal with this illness with so much grace, and success. I'm following you not because I have MS (I don't) but just because I think you are the cat's meow. Keep truckin', hon, and I hope it gets better, relapse over, well in time for the holidays.


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green tea-cher 5 years ago

What is the view of the medical community in your area on the liberation treatment? If the veins have stenosis which can be reversed perhaps the relapses can be prevented?


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Jen's Solitude 5 years ago from Delaware Author

Hi travel_man1971! I suppose writing about what I personally experience is part of my niche here at HP. I do write elsewhere in third person where a more neutral opinion is required, but I enjoy writing in first person here. I hope your new style proves beneficial for you. Thanks for the comment!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Hi, Jen. You always write a first-person hub. I am following your trend, too, to avoid being reprimanded by HP Staff for basing my former hubs on other articles, be it written, viewed or published.

With the ongoing 'cleaning up' in HubPages, it is better to us hubbers to really write what we experienced in life.

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