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Pain and MS, Yes, It Hurts

Posted Nov 06 2009 2:18pm
I wrote a series of articles for Health Central on Pain and MS, covering the types of pain and treatments. These are general, just to give you an idea. I am sure there are some pains as well as some treatments that have been left out. Please let me know! The best idea is to talk with your doctor about any pain and how to treat it. Here is the article series —

Pain and MS

Is MS painless? When I was first diagnosed with MS, it was common for the MS literature to refer to it as a painless disease. I was dealing with a new diagnosis of a disease I did not yet understand and was wondering what else was wrong with me. Articles said MS didn't bring pain, but I was in pain. Many MSers know that... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: Neuropathic Pain

There is pain in MS. It can be acute or chronic, generally categorized as neuropathic, musculoskeletal, or tertiary. Let's begin looking at details. Sometimes the nervous system does not function properly, and it actually becomes the cause of pain. Neuropathic (nervous disease) pain is the most common kind in MS. That... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: Musculoskeletal Pain

There is pain in multiple sclerosis, with several categories that can be acute or chronic. My last article discussed neuropathic pain. Today, I am going to talk about details specific to musculoskeletal pain. Our musculoskeletal system -- bones, muscles, connective tissues -- provides our bodies with stability and movement.... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: Tertiary Pain

It has been established that there is pain in MS. I have talked about neuropathic pain and musculoskeletal pain, which is generally considered secondary pain. Now it is time to talk about tertiary pain. Tertiary pain can be broadly defined as the social, vocational and psychological complications brought on by the primary and secondary symptoms.It... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: MS Plus

If you have MS, pain may be a large part of it. What happens when someone has MS plus another disorder that may cause pain. Are you at risk for other pain-causing conditions? I know - you have MS, isn't the MS enough? MS is enough, but life isn't fair, and contracting one condition does not reduce the chance of contracting another. Many blogs and... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: Treatment

There is pain in MS. This series of articles has discussed that pain -- Neuropathic, Musculoskeletal, Tertiary, and MS Plus. Once the fact of pain has been accepted, the remaining question is how can that pain be stopped or reduced. Today, I am going to talk about traditional treatments for each of those pains discussed in the earlier posts. The... Read moreChevron

MS and Pain: Alternative Therapies

MS pain can be excruciating, frequent, inconvenient or heavy unending dullness. There are many traditional treatments that help to alleviate those pains. However, they don't always work and there is always someone who can't or just doesn't want to take too much medication. Some MSers are ready to try anything -- just to make the pain stop.Today, I... Read moreChevron

Pain and MS: Living with Pain

"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it." ~C.C. Scott Today, I am concluding the series on pain in MS. Earlier, I talked about the fact that, until recently, pain was not even recognized as part of MS. Then I went into common types of pain, and both conventional and alternative treatments. Now it's time to find a... Read moreChevron

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