After reading the "titillating" news (yes, Mdmhvonpa...I found your use of the word "titillating" in your blog http://mdmhvonpa.blogspot.com/ so titillating, I just HAD to borrow!) in the national cesspool of news regarding the recent developments of the "JonBenet" murder 10 years ago, I proceeded to check in with my regular MS bloggers to see what "titillating" news they might be sharing. It appears we are all under the MS Weather right now...
Dear Mdmhvonpa (you already got his link), Jaime at http://mymsjournal.blogspot.com/ , and even Suzy at http://miss_suzy.typepad.com/my_weblog/ are all experiencing some sort of relapse/sickness/symptoms/crap of their Multiple Sclerosis. Dare I throw my name carelessly into that pot as well?
I've been feeling a bit of "dropsy" coming on myself this past week...that's my term I like to use for these MS symptoms that come and go or come and stay! Several days ago I had the crushing calf pains, which have now settled into a return of restless leg syndrome in my ever so compromised left leg...I'm having the "I can't seem to keep this leg still or comfortable" symptom. There's really no other clear way to describe it, except to say two words: It Sucks.
My fatigue has also been royally kicking my butt for a few weeks now. It certainly doesn't help that I have had a return of insomnia on top of it. It's actually hard to tell which came first: The chicken or the egg theory. The insomnia, then the fatigue or the fatigue, then the insomnia. Last night (or should I say early this morning) was a real EYE OPENER! I could NOT fall asleep, no matter what my interventions...I think I finally drifted off some time around 5:00AM, only to awaken at 8:30AM.
But while I'm whining publicly and perhaps even "bitching", let me also add my visual disturbance I awoke with today on top of my stack of complaints! I've got that weird "things are blurry because they seem too clear" vision. I'm sure it's just because my eyes are so tired...whatever the cause, it's quite annoying. I don't know if any of you have ever experienced this type of visual disturbance or not (and I'd LOVE to know it if you have!)...it's like certain colors are more vivid, while my visual field is somewhat blurred at the same time. I'd attribute it to LSD or speed (Timothy Leary would be so proud with my "Oooh, the colors" reference), but since I've NEVER done those drugs, I can only assume it's the MS.
I have never found any profound studies about the timing of MS symptoms in correlation with weather or geography or season, but I'm starting to believe from my own experience (and that of other MSers) there is something to it...we DO seem to experience flares/relapses/symptoms in relationship to each other...not unlike women who synchronize there menstrual cycles when they live or work closely together (No fears, Mdmhvonpa...you WON'T start having periods because of reading the girls' blogs!).
I don't have any proof it's the weather or the season causing this. All I can say is, I do hope this CLOUD of MS passes soon for us all...