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Nobody likes a complainer. I know I don’t, and that’s why it’s I often keep MS symptoms to myself. I tell Jake pretty much everything, eventually. He’s supportive and kind, but that doesn’t mean that I should spell out every ache and pain that he can’t fix. Heaven knows, he’s got his hands full with me, besides having his own aches and pains. On the job , I appear to be doing very well, despite MS. I only work mornings, when I’m at my best, and I could be a poster child for one of those people living with MS and doing great! This is one place where I can lift the veil and put a spotlight on my world. Here I can honestly answer the question, “How are you?” knowing that I will not be branded a complainer. Here, I can speak to the people who “get it” because they live it. Here we have an obligation to share the truth behind the smile, lest we give the wrong impression. It was five summers ago that MS hit me like a frei...
The ear is divided into three parts: 1. The outer ear, meaning the part of the ear you can see on the side of the head plus the ear canal leading down to the ear drum 2. The middle ear, meaning the ear drum, ear bones (ossicles) and the air spaces behind the ear drum and the mastoid cavities 3. The inner ear, meaning where the nerve endings are for the organs of hearing and balance (equilibrium). It is the middle ear that causes discomfort during air travel, and this is so because it is an air pocket inside the head that is vulnerable to changes in air pressure. Normally, each time (or each 2nd or 3rd time) you swallow, your ears make a little click or popping sound. This is the moment that a small bubble of air enters your middle ear, up from the back of your nose. It passes through the Eustachian tube, a membrane-lined tube about the size of a pencil lead which connects the back of the nose with the middle ear. The air in the middle ear is constantly being absorbed by its membranous linin...
I am a desperate woman fighting for my life. I am fighting to live my life. I am fighting to not be consumed by pain and
despair. I am fighting for my sanity in
the midst of a disease that tries to take all that away from me.
The hardest fight I
have ever fought!
As you are probably well aware, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a
constant fight and a constant struggle. If
you allow it to, RA can take everything away from you. It can take your happiness and your
hopes. It can take your dreams. It can take your mobility.
When I was first diagnosed you could have definitely said that I was losing my fight against RA. I cried all day every day. Every day was a “couch day” for me. You know, the kind of day that you want to lie on the couch all day long
with the covers over your head, cry, and wish away RA. Rheumatoid Arthritis had taken away my
happiness. I never left the house… EVER! I sta...
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