While discovered 150 years ago, the cause of MS remains unknown. What we do know is that nerve damage is caused by inflammation, but the cause of the inflammation is still unknown. This means that there is no cure yet.
Because of the different types of MS and the plethora of possible symptoms, 50+ symptoms can be linked to MS. Many people can therefore go undiagnosed for any length of time.
You may have a single symptom, and then go months or years without any others. A problem can also happen just one time, go away, and never return. For some people, the symptoms become worse within weeks or months. Some symptoms of multiple sclerosis are mild and cause inconvenience; others may be severe and debilitating.
It is also quite important to comprehend that some of these symptoms can be related to a different illness altogether. Comparing yourself to others with MS is therefore not wise, and neither is self-diagnosing yourself via the internet. If or when you feel symptoms that you cannot explain, do see your GP or ask him/her to refer you to a neurologist, as only neurologists can make a definitive diagnosis. Continue reading
On the day that judging for the Ireland Blog Awards starts, WordPress‘s menus are scrambled again and are missing half of the whole menu.
Again chasing WordPress… so not fun!
Apologies to anyone looking for specific posts, am trying hard getting them back asap.
Up until 2am again fixing a large runaway menu on my blog. Need your help so. If/when you find broken links, menu issues or anything else that looks dodgy, can you please send me a private message on email@example.com?
Judging for the Blog Awards Ireland competition starts today… Argh! Not again!
Neurologically challenged by MS and personally by her will to succeed, Willeke is a disability awareness advocate seeking to improve neurological/MS services in Ireland. By highlighting difficult issues that come with such a diagnosis, she hopes her tenacity can bring some dignity to people most in need of a modern, inclusive healthcare system that looks after every aspect of life.
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Life with MS?
“60% blood to keep the phlebotomy department satisfied, 10% sweat, and 0% tears.”
When I’m told that 30% is missing, I agree.
“30% is memory loss, which rather proves a point.” Continue reading
Another year older today, and another year dafter too.
Most definitely away with the faeries.
Never one to take myself too seriously unless needed, I am taking my new number in my stride. Having family and friends I love and who in return, seem to like me enough to give me a place in their own busy lives, is all I need to know.
Asked how I ended up in Dublin, celebrating my birthday in Ireland for a 13th consecutive year, is a recurring question. The answer? The bonkers idea since age 15ish, that life in Ireland was ‘it’, a dream so titanic in size I was afraid it might never work out. Continue reading
There’s only one topic in the Highlight! part of the good news list this month. In my view, more private firms should be involved in clinical research, sponsorships of medical institutions etc. In essence, it’s in everyone’s best interests, i.e. everyone’s health, theirs included.
What’s your view on this? Answer below! Continue reading
This post features a long, infochart, which you can find when you click → Continue reading