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Anger,stress and anxiety are common emotional reactions.

Language: English
Country: Lithuania
Typology: health care professionals
When I was 18 I began having debilitating back pain, which would come and go over time. Along with the back pain came dizzy spells and muscle tremors, upon going to my family physician he said I am "over doing" my sports and not drinking enough water. I had my first child at 19, and still the back pain would come and go along with the dizziness, and again I was told I am not drinking enough water, and now my back pain maybe a side-effect from my epidural which I received during child-birth. My next major event was when I fainted and had no recollection of what had happened, my husband found me on the floor with two large bumps on my head. He immediately took me to the emergency room; I was given a CT scan and common blood work and again sent home with the instructions to drink more water because I was dehydrated. The last incident which happened that caused me to really know there was more than dehydration was studying for a college exam and thesis paper and reading my text, no sooner did I finish my readings I had forgotten what I had just read, I would forget simple things such as what school I went too, exactly where I graduated from high school, and even my dad’s name, this symptom came and went but progressively got worse, I again went to my family doctor who told me I might have an inner ear infection. I was outraged by this, I simply told him I know there is more than that wrong and I want a scan of my brain (I have a healthcare background) I even went as far as stating if he would not listen to my requests I would be forced to contact the medical board because of my consistent and documented problems with cognition, further in depth examination is warranted. He agreed to order the MRI and was shocked by what it showed, he immediately sent me to a Neurologist who ordered a series of test including another MRI and a Spinal tap (that was not fun). Each person defines stress in his or her own way. What is known about the relationship between stress and MS in incomplete? But my level of stress was higher during MS relapses. It appears that stress has a negative impact on well-being and poses a risk to a person’s health and relationship. Then I found recommendations from the MS society to enter club. Strategies for reducing stress, which also vary from person to person depending on one’s lifestyle, should be recommended. There I found physical activity, pursuing a hobby, relaxation techniques, self-help groups and etc. The emotional challenges faced by me vary and do not necessary follow a standard order. Although denial,anger,stress and anxiety are common emotional reactions, the order in which I am experienced as well as how much time an individual requires to come to terms with each of these, depends on my previous coping style and the support I have from healthcare professionals, family and friends. I am happy I have professional nurse and she helps me recognize and effectively manage my emotional challenges that accompany my diagnosis, teaching coping skills that can be useful not only early in the disease but also over time.

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