Social Interactions and MS
Sclerosis can result
in ms symptoms, that can vary
from mild to severe, that can often result in those of us with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis feeling like we are alone and more
isolated from the world around us. The worse your disability becomes,
because of MS, the worse the social
disconnect can become.
When the more extreme overwhelming MS fatigue is
present, this can make it difficult for us to have the energy to participate in
much of the daily or at least weekly social interactions that we were involved
in before Multiple Sclorosis entered our lives. Multiple Sclerosis fatigue can
cause our connections with other people to be reduced or even disappear from
our daily routine. Our social connections can also dry up simply because
we can not physically do what we were able to do before the symptoms of MS appeared.
To make matters worse, Multiple Schlerosis can affect our immune systems by
making them so much weaker that our bodies have a very difficult time fighting
off infections. With the Multiple Sclerosis immune system
weakening can result in frequent
and the infections can often make our whole nervous system seem like
it is short circuiting.
If you experience MS fatigue, MS insomnia, have MS balance problems, problems standing or MS walking is difficult to
almost impossible on too many days of each week, this makes being around people
so much more difficult, since we can even end up needing so much more
assistance for us to be able to physically go anywhere.
It is so vitally important for those of us that have been
given the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis to
find ways to connect with other people, but depending on our degree of
disability because of the MS nerve damage, that
often results from Multiple
Scerosis, this may not be a very easy thing for us to do.
Because of the increase of social interactions on the
Internet, finding ways to connect with others that have been given the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is
becoming an easier task than it was withing the last 10 years.
The Internet has made it possible for those of us with MS symptoms, that prevent
us from going to where people are typically found, for us to develop social
connections to other people through what has been come to be known as social
sites. There are many social sites on the Internet that allow us to be
able to sign up for free to join the on line communities that they support.
Connecting with other people, socially can be done in
different ways both on line and off line. Below are a few suggestions for
possible ways to connect with others with MS.
On line social connections
Social Sites on line
These can include:
to name a
few social sites. There are other social sites, but from what I have read
and found that the social sites that are listed here appear to be better
suggestions that seem to have less problems that these sites can create for the
user. Social sites can help you to keep from feeling you are alone in
your battle with MultipleSclerosis.
Feeling like you are connected to people some where also helps to reduce
the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis by reducing the adverse affects of
stress on our nervous systems.
of us with Multiple Sclerosis stress out
over the things that are going on in our lives, whether it is directly
connected to the Multiple S or Muliple Sclerosis or not, this can cause our nervous
systems to over react. The over reactions of our nervous systems can
cause a ms attack or ms exacerbation,
which in turn makes our MS symptoms go crazy.
to connect on line are subscribing to a MS Blog or a MS Forum.
opinion, both a Multiple
Sclerosis Blog and a Multiple Sclerosis forum provide
valuable outlets for reducing our feelings of stress and with finding ways to
connect with others that can discuss our symptoms of MS. and with
helping us to find out more about Multiple
Sclerosis and about what treatments in complimentary medicine
(both drug treatments along with alternative and natural ways)
Off line social connections
Those of us
with the Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis also have other off line options for
finding ways to develop social connections with other people.
Join MS support
groups or Multiple Sclerosis support groups - this does often require us to find
ways for us to be able to get a ride or have someone else attend the groups
with us for us to attend a support group on a more regular basis (this also
assumes that our health is doing well enough for us to be able to attend a
Local social groups, near where we live, can also be an option.
* If you
are physically able to handle it, you could also volunteer to help out in
different community groups or to visit people in the hospital or nursing homes
or volunteer to be involved in whatever you would enjoy helping others with.
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