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When One MS Symptom Leads to Another





















By Trevis Gleason
Published Dec 1, 2015

The symptoms of MS are vast and varied. Just about anything controlled by the central nervous system (and that’s just about everything) can be affected

I’m finding that sometimes it’s not the direct symptoms of MS that cause me problems; it’s what I call the “knock-on” effects that can get to me. We’ve talked about some of them before, but I’m currently having a new one so thought we’d bring up the topic again.

Emotional and Physical Effects
Spending too much time out of the general population due to medication or illness can cause loneliness and even depression. New or returning MS symptoms can bring fear of what is to come, or of what has been before.

The physical symptoms of MS can also have their knock-on effects: Many aspects of MS can cause falls, which have rather obvious potential consequences. And changes in gait can be a pain in the back.

Now I’m finding that the use of a walking stick is causing me a knock-on exacerbation of another injury.

My Canes: Both Helpful and a Hindrance
I’ve just added a number of new walking sticks (canes) to my collection. (If I have to use them, they might as well be fashionable, right?) Well, I’m still getting used to all of them at the same time as I’ve found myself relying on them more.

At the same time, I’m dealing with what I’m referring to as a “gardening injury,” whereby I ruptured a tendon in my right elbow. It’s not that we take gardening as a contact sport here in West Kerry: I suppose that some of the factors above simply resulted in my overusing — or perhaps misusing — my stronger side.

Since my stronger (and coincidentally also my dominant) side is my right, I’m now trying to support my weak side with an injured arm. New canes, a ruptured tendon, a need for extra support … I’m a mess.

There’s not a lot that can be done about my elbow injury save for giving it time to heal. During this time, I should try to use it as little as possible, which becomes a bit difficult when using my arm to help me walk.

What’s Your Secondary or Tertiary MS Symptom?
I’d love to hear from others who have experienced some of these knock-on effects of living with MS. Be it carpal tunnel syndrome from using hand controls on a car to pressure sores due to a forced position — or even kidney damage from MS-induced urinary tract infections — it’s worth sharing.

Wishing you and your family the best of health.

Cheers,

Trevis

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