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I have MS. I'm 41. I hurt a lot. I'm in constant pain. I have medicine that helps me.

By Anonymous November 3, 2015 - 3:14am
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I've had a hard life and I'm lost and feel hopeless.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. As a community, we are here to offer support and are glad that you reached out to us.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. The immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body. Eventually, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged.

MS can occur at any age, but most commonly affects people between the ages of 15 and 60. Women are about twice as likely as men to develop MS.

Signs and symptoms may differ greatly from person to person and over the course of the disease depending on the location of affected nerve fibers.

Most people with MS have a relapsing-remitting disease course. They experience periods of new symptoms or relapses that develop over days or weeks and usually improve partially or completely. These relapses are followed by quiet periods of disease remission that can last months or even years.

You might find this article informative, "Can Pain Occur with Multiple Sclerosis?"

Anonymous, have you considered joining a support group for individuals with MS? Would you consider counseling or therapy with a psychologist who is specially trained in the area of MS?
Cognitive behavioral therapy, acupuncture, biofeedback and self-hypnosis may be alternative ways of helping you cope with the pain.

Warmest regards,

November 3, 2015 - 9:23am
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