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My MS Story….

My Multiple Sclerosis Story…

The Reason Behind my Journey in helping others with MS

my ms storyI was diagnosed with RRMS at 17 years old when I was a senior in high school. I had Optic Neuritis, loss of balance, pain and numbness in my limbs and extreme fatigue. Back then we really knew nothing about MS. I was told by my pediatric neurologist that there would be a cure in 5 years. Yes, he said 5 years! Well, I’m now almost 43 years old and I believe we’re no closer to a cure today as we were back then. I know that is not going to be a very popular statement, but it’s what I believe!  I am healthy and strong right now not because of anything the medical community did for me, but by taking charge of my health, seeking out people, ideas, healthy products and acquiring knowledge of alternatives to stay healthy and not let Multiple Sclerosis control my life.

I want this blog to be a resource for all my MS friends, their family members, or anyone interested in learning more about Multiple Sclerosis or dealing with autoimmune issues. I wasn’t always an advocate for MS, in fact, at times over these past 29 years I’ve felt so out of control with this disease!!!  I feel now after dealing with MS all these years and being in a healthy state of mind, with a healthy lifestyle and a good support group around me, I am hoping to help others. I have been on a journey to learn more about this disease, how we can live with it, treat it, and finally beat it once and for all.

My MS Story Will Provoke….

I know there may be naysayers that will say I’m foolish for thinking we can be healthy and strong with MS. I believe that I have been given this disease and brought along on this journey (and it has been one heck of a journey) to share the things I am going to share with you!

My MS Story Has A Purpose…

I’m not a physician. I’m a human being who has dealt with Multiple Sclerosis and has said there must be a “BETTER WAY.” That there is much more to this disease and recovery than what is standard M.S. protocol.

My heart truly hurts for others that are hurting from MS, to their loved ones, and to those that are taking care of them; as I know the struggles you are having, the ups and downs, trials and errors, the pain and the strength we all must have to endure this disease. My hope is to unite the MS community in an attempt to share knowledge, ideas, that will hopefully lead to a World FREE from MS!

Please enjoy this information and share! I look forward to your feedback!

To our Health!

Kellie

 

If you want to learn more about healthy living and green technologies, check out my products page at www.myvollara.com/kga

You can also follow me on twitter @kelliealderton or my FB page Waking Up From MS where I share insights and information for everyone dealing with MS.

 

Extreme Temperatures and M.S.

cold weather BABY, It’s Cold Outside!!!!

It’s very interesting and ironic. As I sit here today finishing this article, I started to feel my fingertips and nose getting colder! So I walked to my closet and put on my husbands big Flannel hoping that would help. Well, no luck, turns out the heat is out!!! Waiting right now on the repairman and thinking how funny life can be as it looks like I’ll be taking my own advice today for staying warm!

Can any extreme temperatures cause an MS flare-up? I’m not sure where you’re located, but we’re now in full winter mode in Chicago. That means hat, gloves, scarves, ear muffs, snow pants, boots, you know, anything to beat the extreme cold. “BRRRR” seems to be my go-to word for the past few months and for anyone that knows me, Yes, comparisons of Chicago and Antarctica are definitely on my mind!  

Were you one of the millions of MS sufferers who were counting down the days for cooler weather?  Me too! Yes, heat and humidity can be very disruptive and cause minor, temporary flare-ups of our MS symptoms during the summer months, but did you know some people also have challenges during the winter months? It’s less common, but still can affect those of us with MS?

Some people do report worsening of symptoms just as much in the coldest part of winter as they do in the hottest months of summer!  You might be wondering if we can use ice, cold showers, cold compresses or cooling vests to cool down during the summer, why would the cold negatively affect us now, why is this different? The truth is that any drastic changes in temperature either hot or cold can have an impact on us.

Things you may experience due to the Cold:      

  • Fatigue
  • Spasms
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling

The good news is, just like in summer months, there are things we can do to protect ourselves against the cold.

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Make sure your house is properly insulated, check around doors and windows for any pesky drafts, there are plenty of low-cost ways to seal them.  While you’re in, you can use a heating pad, blankets, extra clothing. Some people find warm showers or baths may relieve some of the stiffness, aches, and pains. (Be careful to not become overheated!) You can also warm up with a nice cup of soup, tea or coffee.   

If you have to be out in the elements, try layering clothing to keep heat from escaping, protect your head and use hand or feet warmers. Also be sure to use any walking devices or aides to help you outside when your muscles can become stiff or slow to respond. Just like the summer months, it’s very important to stay hydrated, make sure to continue drinking enough water, people tend to think just because it’s cold outside you can’t become dehydrated. Dehydration can also cause or complicate many of the above symptoms.

 

As I’ve said before, our minds are extremely powerful and I’d like to say it’s as easy as thinking Warm thoughts of summer to beat the cold, but your best line of defense is to be prepared for the elements, listen to your body, and seek assistance if needed.  You can learn more about MS in All About MS and Resources to help you on your journey! Enjoy!

 

If you have found this article helpful please share. As always, I look forward to and appreciate your feedback!

To our Health!

Kellie

If you want to learn more about healthy living and green technologies, check out my products page at www.myvollara.com/kga

You can also follow me on twitter @kelliealderton or my FB page Waking Up From MS where I share insights and information for everyone dealing with MS.

 

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