Fatigue can be described as extreme tiredness or persistent exhaustion. It is one of the most common symptoms of MS, and it affects about 80 percent of people. The fatigue associated with MS can be very difficult to handle, and also difficult to explain to others. Although it’s an invisible symptom, fatigue is very real for those like me, living with it.
I’ve been experiencing Multiple Sclerosis symptoms since 2001, 6 months after having my first baby boy. After countless episodes of optic neuritis, migraines, dizziness, and being light headed… I’d finally moved to the big leagues when I couldn’t feel my 3 sons handsome faces any longer or walk without my knees buckling. And the numbness and tingling were at an all time high. This time, I had my fourth MRI and it was the one that changed everything and gave me a name for it all. As if the lesions weren’t enough, I also had a spinal tap. Results soon followed and I got the scariest news of my life, “Crystal, just as I’ve suspected, you have MS.”
Presently, my toughest symptom is the oh so relentless, fatigue. I wake up about 6:30 each morning and by 10 am, I’m extremely tired. My fatigue occurs daily, even after a good night of sleep and worsens throughout the day. It feels as though something is weighing me down. The worse part is that it comes on so suddenly and most times, I feel clumsy.
Needless to say, MS is life long. I’ll need to rely on my faith in God and strength. This isn’t going anywhere! Through this entire experience thus far, I realize that you can’t change people. But you can be grateful for those that stand by you through every step of the way, literally! It’s not easy to live this way, in tough times, everyday. The pain doesn’t go away, I’ve just made room for it! I do it for my boys, to show them that no matter what’s thrown their way, giving up is NOT an option. Also, I look at the bright side… if I have pain it means I’m still able to feel! And well, I simply can’t fathom the alternative!
FAITH, makes things possible… not easy! ♡
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