So, I know I said that in Relapsing Remitting MS symptoms can come and go at random.
Well, that isn’t always the case.
There are actually things out there that can create flare ups and cause previous symptoms to resurface.
A sort of MS kryptonite.
There’s actually a few, but in this post I’m just going to touch on one.
Every time I go through a bad period, the first thing I get asked is, ‘How’s the stress levels?’
I always think the answer is obvious. I feel awful, of course I’m going to be feeling at least a little stressed…
But it is true. A stressful day at work can leave me with pretty bad symptoms for a few days.
I’m still experiencing the fallout from a meeting that I had last week. Needless to say, it got a little heated, and more than a little stressful.
I instantly felt it the next day. Woke up feeling groggy, vision a little blurred, brain a bit mushy, the usual suspects. MS stress symptoms always seem to linger around for about a week, then they hide away, ready to pop back up again if things get too much.
Yeah, I know that stressful situations are unavoidable.
Let’s be honest, normal life can be stressful. Work, family, bills… so much stuff to get stressed about! Throw doctors’ appointments, scans, and MS symptoms on top of that and you’ve got the perfect recipe for some symptom inducing stress!
So what does it mean for me? Am I locked in a stress free bubble, avoiding any situation that might even cause the slightest bit of stress? Does my boss give all the potentially stressful jobs to my colleagues? Do I get to wear a badge with ‘Do not stress this guy out’ written on it?
I can’t be locked away from everything that might stress me out. I shouldn’t be treated like I’m made of tissue paper (and I wouldn’t want to be!)
So what to do about it?
Since having MS, I’ve discovered a world of stress busting techniques! Practicing mindfulness, meditation, or even things as simple as keeping my house organised are great ways to fight off stress.
I like to think I’ve got pretty good at it!
Sure, I still get stressed, but I now feel pretty well equipped to deal with it before it becomes too much of a problem.