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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - please introduce yourself

Posted by @colleenyoung, Oct 20, 2016

Let’s talk about living with multiple sclerosis.
As Community Director of Connect and moderator of the Brain & Nervous System group, I noticed that several people were talking about MS, but those discussions were scattered throughout the community. I thought I would start this discussion to bring us all together in one place.

Grab a cup of tea, or beverage of you choice, and let’s chat. Why not start by introducing yourself?

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Hi @anisha1232 @ricksraleigh @chefbrown @tlgreg60 @rockypoint67 @sebley12 @manysilver @jessejames4534 @carolyns and @lal2 I’d like to invite you to the new discussion about multiple sclerosis to make it easier for you to meet other Connect members living with and talking about MS. Pull up a chair and tell us a bit about yourself.

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

Hi Yulander, welcome to Connect.
I’m so glad you found us. I actually moved your message to the Brain & Nervous System group so that you could meet others talking about MS. Just a few days ago @ricksraleigh joined our community looking to connect. What perfect timing.

Yulander, when were you first diagnosed with MS? How do you manage work and relapses?

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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Hi Yulander! I have also seen the effects of progressive MS with my mom! Now, I have Relapsing/remitting MS and continue to be a fighter! WE WILL OVERCOME THIS DISEASE!

Hi my name is Yulander!

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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Yes we wil overcome this disease!

Hi Yulander, Welcome to Connect. Can you share what the new medication is?

I don’t have MS but do have an autoimmune disease – small fiber peripheral neuropathy which was diagnosed this past March. A book that I found interesting that is written by someone who has MS started me on my journey of possible diet and nutrition changes that I can make to help my autoimmune disease and slow down progression. You may find it interesting also – http://terrywahls.com/about/about-terry-wahls/.

@johnbishop

Hi Yulander, Welcome to Connect. Can you share what the new medication is?

I don’t have MS but do have an autoimmune disease – small fiber peripheral neuropathy which was diagnosed this past March. A book that I found interesting that is written by someone who has MS started me on my journey of possible diet and nutrition changes that I can make to help my autoimmune disease and slow down progression. You may find it interesting also – http://terrywahls.com/about/about-terry-wahls/.

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Hi John, Tysabri this medication treat MS and Crones disease!

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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Yes the affects of the medicine has really blown me away, because back in the 90’s there was no medicine to slow the progression down!

@colleenyoung

Hi Yulander, welcome to Connect.
I’m so glad you found us. I actually moved your message to the Brain & Nervous System group so that you could meet others talking about MS. Just a few days ago @ricksraleigh joined our community looking to connect. What perfect timing.

Yulander, when were you first diagnosed with MS? How do you manage work and relapses?

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I was first diagnosed September of this year, I am out of work for now I have not started my new treatment yet, that will take place next week! One note I will share if your not on disability, open enrollment has started go high on your premiums so you will be able to get speciality drugs! Low premiums want get you the best medications out there!

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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@ydawson Hi Yulander and once again welcome to Mayo Connect. I appreciate your ability to see the whole picture of your disorder. Meds have come a long way in treating MS and I’m glad that you will be trying a new med so that you can continue to work. Please share with us, if you want to, how it works for you. Also, have you been involved in any physical therapy or other exercise program? Thanks again for sharing with our Mayo Connect community.

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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Hi Hopefull! Thank you for your response. I will keep everyone posted on the affects of the new medication, but remember everyone MS is different, however, I will be starting a physical therapy program soon will keep everyone posted!

@ydawson

Hello my name is Yulander I have an autoimmune diseases called Multiple Sclerosis. I have been a healthcare provider over 20+ years and I have seen how Multiple Sclerosis have crippled people throughout my career. Today they have no cure but the good thing is the medicine they have helped keep people alive and to continue to work with relapsing and remission. Next week I will be starting my new medication with the ability to continue to work. However, Multiple Sclerosis is a demyelinating disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental, and sometimes psychiatric problems.

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@ydawson Physical therapy is a great idea! Looking forward to hearing from you again.

my adult daughter was diagnosed with MS and I see changes in her memory and her attention span. she is in constant pain and looses everything. Leave water running and flooded the house twice. burned her leg 2nd and 3rd degree burns and didn’t know it. fell flat on her face and said she just slipped. Please help me understand this disease. she seems aloof.

@nana52

my adult daughter was diagnosed with MS and I see changes in her memory and her attention span. she is in constant pain and looses everything. Leave water running and flooded the house twice. burned her leg 2nd and 3rd degree burns and didn’t know it. fell flat on her face and said she just slipped. Please help me understand this disease. she seems aloof.

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Hi, all MS cases are different. Memory loss is one of the systems. I was diagnosed with MS this September and my joints hurt badly. The doctors cannot say how long she had MS system it’s based on what she tell them once they discover she have MS. One of my nurses did share with me based on age the diagnosis could be worsened from 20-40 years old, but there are good treatments that can help with relapse. Just curious do she have a high premium insurance so she can afford the best specialty drugs to keep her from remission and relapsing? But remember all cases are different, for pain maybe a 5 day steroid infusion may help ease the pain until she began her treatment, with her memory lapses she need to do things right then and there. On a personal note I don’t know the family belief but putting God first and prayer helped me. I hope this information was helpful.

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