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This post is for the women living with MS and the caregivers who live with the women living with MS. (are you with me so far?) Today, I’d like to talk about premenstrual syndrome, emotional volatility, and multiple sclerosis. Men, you may want to stick around for this discussion; it just might affect you too.
There are several small studies which have explored the relationship between the menstrual cycle and pseudoexacerbations in MS. One such study investigated the role of body temperature and use of aspirin as prevention, published by Dr. Dean Wingerchuk and Dr. Moses Rodriguez in the Archives of Neurology 2006;63:1005-1008 . Another article, Understanding Fluctuations of Multiple Sclerosis Across the Menstrual Cycle by Dr. Maria Houtchens, Ninel Gregori, and Dr. John Rose, was published by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.
Anecdotally, there are a number of MS bloggers who discuss this very phenomenon of increased symptom...
Pregnancy Tracker: 8 months down, less than 2 to go! Size of the Baby: Weighs just over 4 pounds now. Biggest Obstacle: Keeping up the discipline and determination. I know I've painted a picture of a nearly "perfect" diabetic pregnancy on this blog. Thus far, my pregnancy with type 1 diabetes has been very healthy and satisfying and for the most part, I feel a great sense of accomplishment being so disciplined with my food choices, exercise, and blood glucose management. This weekend, out of nowhere, some negative feelings about this disease crept up on me, resulting in a mini-meltdown. My husband, my mom, and I were leaving mass on Sunday morning. We've fallen into a nice little routine of going across the street for a latte after church. Dennis gets a large, nonfat latte and I have a few sips. This week, however, we discussed the option of having some food at the café because of our plans to view the Dead Sea...
Your child is in the midst of a temper tantrum, which a kid will do no matter what his age, and before you discipline him, you stop yourself with these questions: "Maybe it's his blood sugar. Maybe he's low again. Maybe his BG readings are high. Then again, maybe he's just plain acting out."
These questions plague most parents with children who have diabetes: How can you really know if a tantrum is just bad behavior or if it's diabetes?
Diabetes adds in a new level of complexity to parenting and specifically to reading and then managing a child's behavior. Before a diabetes diagnosis, an all-out temper tantrum may have meant a trip to the Time-Out Corner. Or, if you've an older child, a fast trip to his room with all privileges revoked (and don't forget to give me your phone and iPod on your way to room!)
Now, with diabetes in the picture, parents need to consider whether or not BG levels are impacting their kids' behavior.
Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia...
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