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Coping with MS:

Learning to Live Life Again,

After being Diagnosed

 with Multiple Sclerosis

Coping with MS can be a challenge, after we are first given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.

Learning to live life again can be difficult depending on how severe your disability has become because of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on the nervous system and on our overall health.

After we are first given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, it can sometimes be difficult to cope with how devastating the effects of Multiple Sclerosis can be on our overall health.

Depending on how mild to severe your particular set of MS symptoms have become, you may have to give up doing many of the things that did previously because your body no longer functions enough for you to be able to do the things that you really enjoyed before Multiple Sclerosis entered your life.

I know how it feels to have to give up doing the majority of what I loved to do previously - almost over night - because of how severe my particular case of Multiple Sclerosis was when I was first given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.  I didn't realize at the time that the very mild symptoms that I had as my initial symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis, within the 2 years before I was actually diagnosed with MS, were a much more severe health condition than I could have ever imagined.

After I was first diagnosed with a severe case of Multiple Sclerosis, I could have been very depressed, after all, Multiple Sclerosis was very fast acting in my case and my life turned upside, almost litterally over night.  At first I had decided that no matter what the doctors told me that I wanted to get back what Multiple Sclerosis had taken away from me.  I wanted to be able to live life again, without having to rely on other people to do many things for me each day that we take for granted that we can do for ourselves, until we are not able to do many of these things for ourselves.

Because I chose, at first, to make it my mission to do what I could to give other people hope, in spite of what I was going through at that point, the doctors labelled me as "being in denial".  I didn't deny the fact that because of how quickly my situation had become a very severe case of Multiple Sclerosis that I was very sick.  I didn't deny the fact that I could no longer walk, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  But for me to get better,  I decided early on that no matter what else happened that I could not give up hope for my drastic situation to be able to improve.

Because of how I chose to cope with my own situation,  I was constantly being asked, by doctor, nurses and anyone else that was araound me, how I could handle the drastic changes that Multiple had brought into my life.

Thinking back on it all now, I had decided that I had 2 choices at the time.  I could either allow myself to be extremely depressed (which would not help me to get better at all) or I could find a way to deal with the way that I felt inside.  I had remembered that in the past, before I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, that I decided right after I was given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis that in the past I had used the adversity in my own life to help me to keep from giving up, instead of giving me an excuse to give up on me.  Most people couldn't undestand any of how I was reacting, since at times, things could have been so very upsetting or even depressing for me, if I let it all get to me.

I'll give you an example of what I am talking about.  When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I was reacting so badly to heat that I felt like I was on fire much of the time, the room kept spinning on me most of the time and I felt like passing out whenever they put me in a room that was too warm for me to handle when I was in the hospital, the first time.  Going for therapy was very difficult for me to do at all, but what I did was comical to everyone else around me.

I had been to physical therapy a few times in my life for more minor things, before I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and I always enjoyed going to physical therapy and working with the therapists to help whatever was wrong at that point to get better.

So I approached physical therapy like it was "fun time".  One thing I didn't understand about Multiple Sclerosis, when I was first diagnosed, is that when you have Multiple Sclerosis (especially a severe case), anything and everything that you do makes you very exhausted because of the MS fatigue problem.

Before Multiple Sclerosis entered my life, I had the attitude that I worked hard and I played hard.  I was either "all on" or "all off".  I was pretty high strung most of the time growing up. I normally had to physically wear myself out to go to sleep (before MS), but that wasn't the case after I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

I was in the hospital for 6 weeks the first time, when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  I was in the Intensive Care Unit the first week, until it was determined that I had Multiple Sclerosis.  Then I was sent to the rehabilitation floor.  I laid down for 10 days before I was sent to rehabilitation therapy.  Because of lying down for 10 days straight, I had problems standing up without gettting very dizzy from my blood pressure dropping whenever I tried to stand up. To get me used to standing again, I was placed on a "tilt table" each day for at least 30 to 60 minutes and the angle of the table was increased each day to get my body used to standing again.  I was also given all kinds of nifty gadgets and "therapy toys", as I called them to get different parts f my body used to functioning again.

I had so much fun in therapy that some of the other patients would just sit and laugh at me and not do their therapy. One of the therapists, that I talked to a lot told me about this happening every time I was at therapy.  I found out that the people that laughed at me the most were people that just didn't want to do their own therapy at all.  So I suggested to the physical therapist that they rescheduled the patients that didn't want to do therapy to come down to therapy 15 minutes before I left therapy and just let them sit there and laugh at me for 15 minutes.  I always thought of laughter as "good medicine" and I thought that this would help the patients who were too up tight about doing their therapy to relax so that they would be able to do their own therapy more easily.  I asked the therapist if this helped get these patients to do their therapy and the therapists said "Yes it did!"

I found that helping making other people laugh calmed me down too.  This helped me to feel like somehow everything was going to be okay when I was in the hospital and I was still so sick at the beginning.

Coping with MS and coping with Multiple Sclerosis depression, and everything that goes along with having the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis can be difficult at times.  I'm not saying it is easy.  I found it much more difficult to cope with MS, after I returned home from the hospital and it began to sink in how sick I was and that this was more of a "long-term illness" than anything else I had ever experienced before.

Finding ways that help us specifically to cope with MS is the better way to do things because how we each react to the challenges that Multiple Sclerosis brings into each of our lives makes all of the difference for each of us.  What works for helping one person with Multiple Sclerosis to cope may or may not help the next person with Multiple Sclerosis to cope.

Helpful suggests for reducing how terrible we can feel, sometimes because of the effects of Multiple Sclerosis on our bodies, that can help us to cope better with Multiple Sclerosis can include the follow:

* increasing skin exposure to sunlight - when the sunlight shines on the skin, our skin reacts to the sunlight by producing vitamin D in our skin   We have several parts of our bodies that rely on having high enough levels of vitamin D in our bodies.  Vitamin d deficiencies has strong protective properties in helping to prevent the occurrence of Multiple Sclerosis.  Once MS is present, the higher levels of vitamin D are needed even more by the body, since vitamin D helps to boost the immune system and helps to reduce or maybe even prevent ms insomnia.

* Eliminate Negative Thinking and Negative Talk - we often can have a tendency as people to talk about ourselves and other people in a way that is more gossipy and in a negative point of view.  This is counter productive to helping our bodies to heal from the damage that is often caused by Multiple Sclerosis, since whether we know it or not - our bodies listen to every word that we say, think or hear.  Since our bodies require huge amounts of energy to heal, we need to do all that we can to focus positive healing energy towards our bodies instead of draining away from our bodies the limited resources of energy each day that we use that is desperately needed by our bodies for hem to heal themselves.

* Allow ourselves to Learn to Live Life Again - Join Social groups ( both on-line and off-line)

Joining MS support groups, finding MS blogsMS forumsMS message boards, or MS chat rooms to get answers to your questions about MS and learning how to reconnect with other people again (after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis) can be challenging. 

We all need other people, whether we think we do or not.  It may take some time to learn how to live life again after Multiple Sclerosis has changed your life, but don't allow the Multiple Sclerosis to take away your reasons for living and enjoying life again.

Find ways to get involved in living life again.  Volunteer somewhere or join some type of social group, just to develop new friendships and redevelop the areas of your life where you allowing ourselves to learn how to live life again.

Other things to consider can include:

Extreme MS Vitamin Deficiencies - the medical community is finding that many cases of Multiple Sclerosis can result in vitamin deficiencies.  More extreme vitamin deficiencies in magnesium and calcium have been found to increase the severity and the frequency of the appearance of muscle tightness,

ms muscle spasms and muscle cramping in the average person, but for those of us with Multiple Sclerosis, magnesium and calcium deficiencies can cause often much more severe problems with ms spasms,
ms tremors, or ms spasticity. 

Elevated Levels of Heavy Metals and other Toxins - our bodies can be having problems with having problems with not detoxifying from heavy metals and other toxins as they should on a daily basis.

Many of the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis can be reduced, simply by helping the body to get rid if toxins more easily.  MS spasms, ms twitching and multiple sclerosis tremors can be reduced to a large extent by helping our bodies to detoxify better.

* Taking Chlorella (a green sea algae) helps to reduce heavy metal levels in the body, including mercury, aluminum, lead and other metals.

* Taking a powder made from barely grass (a green grass plant) can help to reduce spasms, since it is higher in magnesium.  Magnesium deficiency has been found to cause leg, hand and other spasms.  MS can set the body up for having many vitamin deficiencies because so much of the Central Nervous System and other bodily processes are so out of balance.

* Taking the herb milk thistle can also help ease the burden on the liver to help to detoxify the blood better and help the liver to detoxify the body better.  Taking the herb milk thistle also helps to reduce the amount of stress that is placed on the liver when you are trying to increase how well your body detoxifies from toxins. 

* Taking Extra Magnesium with Calcium (take the calcium and magnesium in a 1 to 1 ratio or until bowel tolerance is reached -- you take enough magnesium until your poop is starting to become softer and more watery then you reduce the amount you are taking of the magnesium a little to keep you from actually getting diarrhea)

Other Vitamin Deficiencies - because magnesium and calcium need more of certain other vitamins to be present at high enough levels to aid in absorption, deficiencies in one or more of these vitamins can also contribute to the presence of more frequent ms spasms.  The list of helper vitamins can include
vitamin D, vitamin C, B complex, B1 (thiamine), B5 (Pantothenic acid), B6 (Pyridine), magnesium, calcium and zinc. 

Taking vitamin supplements can he helpful in reducing the spasms, including taking calcium, magnesium and vitamin D, but I have found that for my own case of Multiple Sclerosis, taking vitamin supplement powders that are made from whole foods helps better than taking vitamin supplements all of the time, whenever the spasms and twitching become too overwhelming.

Another way of helping our bodies to function better overall is to grind green leafy vegetables, including kale or spinach, along with grinding other vegetables such as carrots and beets to help our bodies to detoxify from heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, aluminum, etc.).

Grinding whole foods - especially vegetables and drinking it can help give our bodies a boost by helping to provide a broader range of vitamins and nutrients that can help speed up the body with repairing the nerve damage, that all too often can result from Multiple Sclerosis attacking the nerves through out our bodies.

If grinding whole foods and drinking them on a more consistent basis over a longer period of time, this can help our bodies so much more than taking large handfuls of vitamins.  In the long run it is also cheaper to buy more vegetables and fruit than to pay for vitamins and other supplements that are more and more synthetically made rather than being more whole food nutrients that are just concentrated from food sources. 

Taking the green sea algae, called Chlorella, can also help our body to do a much better job in ridding our bodies of toxins, by aiding our bodies natural detoxifying mechanisms in functioning better than than they did before we started to take the Chlorella.

All of these changes can help with Coping with MS by helping with reducing how severe and how frequently we see the multiple sclerosis  spasms occurring on a regular basis, but they don't all need to be used  or done at the same time, since some of the effects of different vitamins and herbs can sometimes overlap in their effects on the body.

Check with your doctor before using any herbs or vitamins to attempt to reduce your particular symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.  Your doctor can determine much better which vitamin deficiencies.  I would also suggest finding and working with a doctor that has experience using herbs to help to reduce the symptoms of MS. 

Herbs can be harmful to your body if taken in a combination that your body is unable to handle -- so find an herbalist or a doctor that is trained on using herbs with their MS patients to consult with before taking any herbs to see if your particular combination of MS symptoms make it useful or even possible for you to take any particular herb.

If the proper precautions are followed when taking herbs, they can be helpful and effective for reducing many symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

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