Headaches & MS

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I have been battling horrible headaches with very little relief for days now, which is why I have not been posting anything. I know many people at some point in their lives have experienced a headache of some type with different severity levels. Nothing had been helping my headaches so I decided to look up the correlation between MS and headaches. I found a great article written by PhD Stachowiach, Julie “Headaches as a Symptom of Multiple Sclerosis”, written June 19, 2017. Those individuals that live with MS seem to be prone to the three types of headaches: migraines, cluster headaches and tension headaches. The following is the website where I found this article, https://www.verywell.com/headaches-as-a-symptom-of-multiple-sclerosis-2440798.

Three Known Types of Headaches:

  1. Migraines:
  • These can last anywhere from 4-72 hours
  • Can come along with blurry or distorted vision, followed by fatigue and anxiety
  • May feel a throbbing on one or both sides of the head
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Nausea, vomiting or loss of appetiteheadaches 1
  1. Cluster Headaches:
  • Able to last 15 minutes to 3 hours long
  • Severe burning sensation on one side of the nose or deep in one eye
  • Occurs only on one side of the face
  • Tends to occur at same time every day, normally for a period of several weeks.
  1. Tension Headaches:
  • Most common in the general population of individuals
  • Comes on gradually and may last 30 minutes to all day or even up to a solid week
  • Feels like a constant band-like aching or squeezing sensation either right over the eyebrows or encircling the head
  • Able to occur at any time of day but typically the latter part of the day

There is an association between brain-stem lesions and an increased number of migraines and tension headaches. However, there is no link between the location or number of lesions and headaches of any type. There have been reports that headaches or migraines could be a symptom of an acute MS relapse, which I really hope is not what I am dealing with. Hopefully the week-long headache will soon end and I can enjoy the weekend before Christmas. Considering absolutely nothing has helped this headache, do y’all experience headaches and if so what do you do to treat them?

I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to your weekend! Remember, stay positive and do not stress over anything with preparing for Christmas, everything will work out as perfect as it can. The ability to be with loved ones is all that really matters this time of year! Take care and much love y’all!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

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Progress comes with hope!

Happy Tuesday 1Good evening Y’all! I hope you have had a great start to your week! I do not know where time has gone, but 2017 will be coming to an end soon. 2017 has been quite an unforgettable year, some of which we might wish we could forget! There seems to have been a lot of chaos all around the world, but I am hoping that 2018 will bring some change that is for the good of all of us!

Speaking of where did time go, I can not believe it is almost Christmas. I am normally very prepared for the holidays, but this year it kind of crept up on me! I am truly delighted that I will be able to spend time with family and enjoy their company but my goodness I am so not prepared! It will all work out though as the most important thing is we are all still here and healthy enough to make it to both my mother’s house and my in-law’s house!

As y’all already know, I had a terrible flare up from MS starting back in early October. It was a very difficult ride and tried it’s best to defeat my resilience, but I never gave up on myself. I have slowly managed to get back to my normal self. I still suffer from the obvious pain but it is not bringing me to tears anymore. Thankfully, my job has beenmotivational-sayings very understanding with my situation. I have been allowed to adjust my hours and week by week increase those hours. Last week I did struggle to make it through a 5 hour day, but I did it! This week I have been and will continue to work 6 hour days! I think not rushing into a full-time schedule has been very beneficial to my health! If I did rush into my normal work days, it is very likely the stress would have caused the flare up to get worse instead of better.  I truly believe that holding onto a positive mind makes all situations easier to overcome! Anything that could go wrong in life seems to all happen at the same time, but the positive thing about that is once you survive the struggles it is a success!

Life can get so demanding and it gets hard to know what is the best next step. It is important and necessary to evaluate what we are going through and try to make a plan. This is where strategy comes in very helpful. If we are able to break our difficult times into smaller pieces, it makes things much easier and not as overwhelming for us too deal with. It has helped me to just handle smaller issues at a time but still be able to overcome the entire situation!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my thoughts for the day! I did not do a post yesterday because I was absolutely exhausted from a long day at work but I will adjust to the early mornings and long days soon! I hope y’all have a nice and relaxing evening! I sincerely hope y’all are feeling well today and holding onto the strength I know you have! Always remember, you are not allow with anything you are dealing with in life, there is always someone out there that understands!! Much love and take care of yourself!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Chilly Sunday

Sunday 1Sunday can be such a nice relaxing day, until you realized tomorrow is Monday. I am really not ready to start another work week so soon! But, it is good to look at another Monday as fresh start to a new week that is full of possibilities! Regardless of the chances for great things to occur, I do not look forward to that nagging alarm going off!

Sometimes weekends are a time to catch up with family, friends and do all the things you were not able to do during the week. But, sometimes weekends are a great time to just catch up with yourself. After we spend all week in an office, it is so wonderful to not have any expectations for a couple of days. I like weekends when there are not any plans made, no expected or unexpected visitors, no must do items and I can do things on my time without watching a clock like I do during the week. Sometimes I think the clock is the enemy and is just there to control us!

This next week I am planning on trying to push myself a little more. I do feel as though I am getting much better and stronger. I do still have a ton of pain but it is almost pain I can handle. Most days now I am not experiencing the pain that would literally bring medak_you_are_braver_than_ to tears. I am still coping with the relentless back and leg pain but there is no use crying over it because that will not help at all! I have made the decision to ignore to irritating pain and keep doing what I want to do and what needs to be done! Making the decision that I am stronger than the pain and the MS is a smart way to handle things!

I hope y’all are feeling well and handle a fantastic weekend! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday as you prepare for an exciting Monday! Okay, I know there is not many people out there that believe Monday’s are exciting but at least it is another day to live your life to the fullest! 

Thank you for visiting and reading my short thoughts for the day! I always welcome and appreciate your comments and will always respond as quickly as I can! No matter what happens in life continue to stay positive, you may not be able to see the difference right away but it makes for positive changes! Much love y’all!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Liebster Award Nomination

WOW, this was an amazing thing to see on a Sunday morning! Thank you so much Toni, from myMSrollercoasterride, for nominating me for the Liebster Award! I have really enjoyed being able to ride along with you through reading your posts and I am sincerely grateful that you have enjoyed my posts enough to nominate me for an award! Being a part of this blog and getting to know so many people all over the world has been a the absolute best experience for me! Thank you again Toni for nominating me for this award!

Liebster Award

“Originating in Germany in 2011, the Liebster Award 2017 is an online award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster translates to sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. The Liebster Award recognizes new and upcoming bloggers that have the potential to grow and become successful influencer’s within the blogosphere.”

My Amazing and Wonderful Nominees:

Iknowiamsomeone

Hillaryrobyn

FuckMS 

Msgracefulnot

Tripplingthroughtreacle

Rules for nominees:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
– Upload the award to your blog. It can be done as a blog or on the sidebar.
– Answer the same questions I have above or share 10 facts about yourself.
– Nominate 5 blogs who you believe deserve to receive the award.
– Notify the nominated bloggers so that they can accept the award.

Nominees – Please feel free to answer the questions below or to reveal 10 facts about yourself, which is what I chosen. Please do not feel any pressure for this, I just want you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog and getting to know you! The instructions are below! 

Questions:

Does blogging replace or enhance keeping a journal?

Do you think education, as it is today, does justice to life and learning?

When do you find time to blog?

What is the one post made by you that you like the most and why?

What is your favourite book or series?

Would you rather explore the deep ocean or outer space?

How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse?

T-Rex or dragon?

If you would be a character in someone’s book, who would you get to write it?

Have you ever visited a place just because you saw it in a book/series/animation/movie? What was that place?

How has writing/blogging affected your life?

Ten facts about myself!

Rules for nominees:

– Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog in your post.
– Upload the award to your blog. It can be done as a blog or on the sidebar.
– Answer the same questions I have above or share 10 facts about yourself.
– Nominate 5 blogs who you believe deserve to receive the award.
– Notify the nominated bloggers so that they can accept the award.

10 Facts about myself

My amazing husband proposed to me in the most amazing way I have ever heard. It was the day after my 30th birthday and we went to see one of our favorite bands, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. My husband ended up having great conversation with the singer of the band, Ronnie Winter, and it was arranged for my husband to be able to propose ON STAGE with the band before what ended up being our first day, “Your Guardian Angel”.

I have the two sweetest and loving cats. It is always so wonderful to be greeted by them after a long day at work. They know absolutely no hate and evil which is so comforting.

I love music. I must have music in my ears all day at work to make it through the day!

My husband and I go snowboarding in the winter and I established last year that I was a “semi pro” in my own division. My own division only includes me but I thought I was doing amazing!

My happy place involves the ocean, sand and sun! I would be so happy at any beach!

I love to write and one of my goals in life is to be able to write and publish a book! I even already have a start to an outline for my book!

Back in my younger days, I was Miss VT Teen! This was my very young days, I was only 13 years old and wanted nothing more than to be a model.

I find butterflies to be absolutely magical. I have always believed they can be a sign of what is right in life or a sign from a loved one that was lost.

My #1 hero from my life was and always will be my beloved Grandfather.

My favorite color is purple and if it was up to me I would paint rooms in my house purple!!

Thank you again Toni for nominating me for such a sweet award! I really do appreciate you and your writing as it is truly amazing! 

I hope y’all enjoyed reading this post about my nomination for an award for my hard work and emotion with writing! I always value all of your support and comments! I hope y’all had a great weekend! Stay strong and positive!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organizing the Clutter!

Happy Saturday 1Have you ever thought, I have so much to do and do not know where to start? We sometimes have a tremendous amount of things on our minds and it makes hard to get motivated to start anything at all, so we may just sit back and let everything pile up. All the clutter within our daily lives only ends up causing us to feel overwhelmed and stressed to a point that nothing is getting accomplished. But, there are simple ways we all can get some control over that disorder and chaos.

Calendars are not always just for decoration, they serve other wonderful things as well. Here is where you write down all appointments and other important dates, so they do not get accidentally overlooked by everything else that swarms our life. You can have a calendar hanging on the wall that you see every day, use the calendar on your phone which allows you set alerts so you will not miss anything or utilize your computer and tablets calendar!

Once you have your calendar process in place, you can actually make your life even easier by making to do lists! You already know what needs to be done, so write it all calendar (1)down or enter these things in a list on your phone. Once you have written down all that needs to be done you can go back over that list and prioritize based on urgency. You will soon find that some of the items on your list can be postponed until the following day, so you are not overwhelmed and in a panic to get everything completed! Here is an example!

To Do List:

  • Grocery shopping

  • Laundry

  • Clean house

  • Pick up prescription

  • Take out the garbage

  • Plan for dinner

  • Pick up movie from RedBox

  • Clean out liter boxes

  • Decide on Christmas gift for step father

  • Get gas in the car

To Do ListAfter spending a few minutes looking over what I think needs to be done today, I can see there are some that can wait until tomorrow! My new to do list for today would simply be:

  • Laundry
  • Pick up movie from RedBox (considering it is for tonight)
  • Get gas in the car (which can be done when I pick up the movie)
  • Plan for dinner (well we all have to eat)

My to do list for today suddenly went from 10 to 4 because I realized that all of those things were not urgent and could wait another day. Tomorrow it will be easy for me to go to the grocery store and pick up my prescription at the same time, considering the stores are right beside each other and I do not need the prescription today. I do have a little while longer before I have to make a decision about Christmas gifts; Christmas is still 2 weeks away! As for taking the garbage out and cleaning the cat liter boxes, it is perfectly fine to wait just one more day. 

Being able to set priorities to things that need to be done can be very beneficial at work as well. We all know what our jobs entail, so we know how our days will play out. Even if things during our work day changes slightly, we still know what needs to be completed. It takes being able to strategize, focus and commit to all of our tasks in life!

Thank you for reading and commenting on my thoughts for today! I hope you are having a great weekend and staying warm and dry. I prefer to stay inside today because it is both cold and rainy again! Tomorrow is supposed to be a warm day with some sunshine that is much-needed! Much love y’all, stay strong and positive!!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

Cold Weather Is Here

Cold Weather WarningIt is not even officially winter yet but the temperatures are saying something different. The high for today is only 36 degrees with a mixture of rain and snow and then tomorrow they are still calling for snow. Even though it is cold, I think the snow they are calling for will only be rain. There will be no accumulation on the ground and the roads will just be wet.

Some people love the cold weather and it makes them feel much better than the insanely hot days, but for some it really has negative effects. The cold weather results in less blood supply to the extremities to preserve body heat in the core torso and head. The kitty coldreduction in blood flow means there are less white blood cells available to fight diseases. With a weakened immune system you are more susceptible to winter illnesses, such as a cold and the flu. However, colds and flu are not directly caused by cold weather but caused by viral infections of the upper respiratory tract caught from others.

Those that suffer from migraines can also have some negative effects. Decreased temperatures come from falling barometric pressure. An atmospheric change can be so intense it can lead to sinus issues and migraines. It is hard for me to say if my sinus issues get worse in the winter or not because I have year round sinus issues.

MS and weather can have a challenging relationship. Hot temperatures can be almost unbearable but cold weather can also bring on other issues. Cold can lead to muscle cramps, stiffness and tightness which can cause increased fatigue. The shorter winter days and less sunlight also have an effect on depression, which is very common with MS. Vitamin D levels are lower in the winter months due to less exposure to sunlight. It is important to do what you can to increase your Vitamin D level. Vitamin D levels with MS have a huge impact on any relapses that might occur.

cold-toes-catThere are many ways to manage MS and cold weather:

  1. Keep your hands and feet warm
  2. Soak up as much sunshine as possible (There are sunny days, even in the winter)
  3. Don’t overdo heat inside (There is a delicate balance between cold and heat! Too much heat can cause additional issues. Hot showers and baths feel nice, but you must be careful with them!)
  4. Warm yourself from the inside (Warm beverages can take the chill off and actually warm the body’s core faster.)

The next few days are going to be rather cold but then there are days next week it will warm up. The inconsistencies with weather is horrible. Our bodies are not able to adjust to a temperature before it changes again. It seems to go from the threat of snow to sunshine and warmth. Hopefully the temperatures will balance out soon so I can get acclimated to the weather and feel much better than I do now! 

I hope y’all had a great week and have good things planned for the weekend! Enjoy the weekend as much as possible, as you already know it goes by so fast! Thank you for reading and commenting on my post for today! Take care and stay warm! Much love and strength to all of you!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa

 

Control?

Happy Friday EveIt can be a long road to hope and recovery. There is no denying the fact that life gets hard sometimes and it is crucial to find the best path possible. Sharp turns and bumpy roads are inevitable during the course of our lives and we get to choose how we survive the journey. Every choice we make in life can change the sequence of events moving forward and we just have to be able to adapt to the new route. It can be as simple as going a different way to work in the morning that can affect the way day plays out. There are things we can control in life, like our behaviors and things we cannot control like, traffic and the weather.

Accepting what we do and do not have control over can be very challenging. I want to be able to make the struggles of those close to me easier to handle, but I can only do so much! I understand that I am not able to eliminate the situation, but I can listen and try to come up with solutions. I completely understand that I have absolutely NO control over how others behave and treat others as everyone will do as they please, even if it is causing harm on another. It is very unfortunate that some will actually plan to go out to intentionally cause harm and damage.

Sadly, I know I have no control over the way pharmaceutical companies handle their business practices. These companies release new medications that are meant to be thebig pharma best of the best, but then when you inquire about them, the price is way too high! In addition, months later it comes out that those amazing medications are not as magical as they wanted us to believe. They end up causing more problems which forces you into taking just one more medication to help the side effects. That has never and will never make sense to me, you start a new medication that it designed to help your condition but then the medicine that is helping one problem creates another. What a way to build a business to be in high demand and make everyone with the pharmaceutical companies a lot of our hard-earned money? With all the advancements in the medical field, why are there cures for illnesses? Why can doctors not give reasons for what causes certain illnesses?

The one thing I know beyond a shadow of doubt that I do have control over is my own attitude and behaviors. Through my own choices in life, I am the one that decides if I am going to view things in a positive manner or a negative manner. Why would anyone make the conscious decision to have a negative mindset? I guess for some people it is just easier to not put that effort into letting go of the negative. I do believe it takes way more of our energy to remain in pessimistic thoughts and less energy to just look to the positive. Making the choice to stay strong in life, even when you are dealt a bad hand, is so important because in time things will get much better! 

I appreciate y’all reading and commenting on my thoughts for the day. Through your gracious comments and the great conversations we have I have made countless friends all over the world. I have learned so much from each and every one of you and I can not say how much I appreciate it! I hope y’all have a great evening and you have a great Friday! As always stay strong and positive! Much Love!

Love 2

Always, Alyssa