Let me first start by clarifying something right out of the starting gate. I'm NOT BITCHING about the rain that has begun to fall in Western Washington...Lord knows we have needed it, having just survived one of the driest summers ever on record. But it IS raining again...that stuff that Seattle is known for.
I suppose I should also say once again, "I love fall." I really do...it's my all time favorite of the four seasons (see a previous blog post for more fall gushings). But, I have noticed with the changing of the guard on the season issue there also comes a "changing" of my MS symptoms...it's sort of like solar clock work.
It has become apparent to me fall and spring are the two worst seasons for my MS. Personally, I find this "odd" as I would think the heat of summer or the cold of winter would have a more dramatic effect...but not so with my personal "brand" of Multiple Sclerosis!
Every one of my major relapses has occurred in late winter/early spring...not to mention this is also the time I received the lovely diagnosis of MS in 2003. Looking back in time, I don't think I've had a major relapse in the fall, but I am aware of many symptom changes that occur in autumn.
One of the first things that becomes NOTICEABLY apparent in the fall is the spasticity in my calves...I feel like I'm walking on a couple of 4 X 4s of wood. Mornings are the worst and I have to allot extra time to stretch things out before I try to walk, lest I do a painful swan dive to the floor.
Then, there is the generalized arthritic feeling throughout my every joint...I don't "normally" (in quotation marks because the word normal seems an odd one to use when speaking of MS) have this feeling...or at least not every day like I do in the fall.
My fall fatigue is not something I can judge accurately right now because fatigue in GENERAL has been kicking my butt for a few seasons in a row. But I do recall fall being a particularly difficult one as far as motivation to move goes...I'm certainly continuing to experience it on a much broader scale than I ever have before...fall or no fall.
The other "interesting" symptom I notice more in the fall is the facial/eye twitches/tics. I can only speculate this occurs more frequently because the air outside is colder...but I'm not a physiologist or a biologist to apply the necessary physics and anatomy principles to figure this one out! I'll just take a wild guess this might be the causative factor. LOL
I'm interested in hearing from YOU, MS reader, if you also experience symptom changes with the changing of seasons and what those changes look like for you? Is one or more season more difficult for you than others symptom-wise?
Please comment in the "Comment Section" below if you feel so inclined...or if AOL is still giving you grief in commenting, send me an email at BrainCheeseMS@aol.com and I'll post your comments for you. (I'd like to use this page for more than my blathering bitching, etc., and hope it can be a tool for others to share/learn from.)
And for my dear friends/readers/coworkers who are NOT living with MS, please feel free to comment about YOUR "special" ailments and the effects you feel with the changing seasons...who knows...you may find there are those of us with MS who ALSO deal with neurosis, psoriasis, erectile dysfunction, etc...LOL...we're ALL just one, big, happy family here!