The Psychological Effects of MS and the Impact on My Dreams

Mandy Crest Health Guide February 23, 2009
  • Larry King, when interviewing the late Christopher Reeve, asked, “Do you think about walking?”Reeve replied, “Oh, absolutely. You know, as a matter of fact, in my dreams -- I have never been disabled in my dreams, so my subconscious insists that I am whole, and I follow my subconsci...

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  • Lisa Emrich
    Health Guide
    Feb. 23, 2009

    It's kinda funny.  The only time I am aware of dreaming is when my mind is working something out. 

     

    Often, this comes from an emotion I'm not able to express or a situation in which I feel is completely out of my control.  During important times of my life, dreams have alowed me to be angry, furious, and destructive, to acknowledge things...

    RHMLucky777

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    It's kinda funny.  The only time I am aware of dreaming is when my mind is working something out. 

     

    Often, this comes from an emotion I'm not able to express or a situation in which I feel is completely out of my control.  During important times of my life, dreams have alowed me to be angry, furious, and destructive, to acknowledge things I was afraid of in waking hours, and to find solutions to perplexing problems.

     

    Other times, I have encountered someone in my dreams who I vaguely recognize.  Sometimes that person (who has been seen in almost every stage of life at one time or another) is just someone who needs comforting and care, and to be told that everything will be okay.

     

    Dreams truly can be a "window into the soul" and help us travel through life.  There are things we don't want to face in life, and you're dreams here are fears that those of us with MS often do not wish to face.  Thank you for discussing an aspect of this disease which is too often dismissed or shoved in a corner.

    • Mandy Crest
      Health Guide
      Feb. 23, 2009

      Lisa,

       

      Interesting. You say that your dreams allow you to "work things out." I guess that's exactly what I was doing in my dreams -- working out the reality of MS rather than ignoring it. Off with the rose-colored glasses!

       

      Gotta tell you though -- I am FAR more prone to nightmares than pleasant dreams, so if dreams are the window to the soul, I...

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      Lisa,

       

      Interesting. You say that your dreams allow you to "work things out." I guess that's exactly what I was doing in my dreams -- working out the reality of MS rather than ignoring it. Off with the rose-colored glasses!

       

      Gotta tell you though -- I am FAR more prone to nightmares than pleasant dreams, so if dreams are the window to the soul, I may have to close the blinds!Wink

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jun. 09, 2009

    I have relapsing/remitting ms and in my dreams I am hindered by my ms. Like last night I dreamed I lost my eyesight(yet again) and I couldn't talk or walk.  This dreams have been more consistent within the last couple weeks. Has anyone else dreamed of their ms symptoms?  Last nights dream scared the crap out of me. 1st I thought it was real and then...

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    I have relapsing/remitting ms and in my dreams I am hindered by my ms. Like last night I dreamed I lost my eyesight(yet again) and I couldn't talk or walk.  This dreams have been more consistent within the last couple weeks. Has anyone else dreamed of their ms symptoms?  Last nights dream scared the crap out of me. 1st I thought it was real and then I thought I woke up and tried to talk to my husband but I couldn't. I couldn't speak.  I know there has to be someone out there with ms with the same dreams? Right?!?

    • peace girl
      Jan. 07, 2011

      Does anyone have this???

       

      I often have really bad nightmares.  Its typical for me to have a couple of nights a month where I wake up in sweats and am a bit traumatized by the dream.

       

      Recently, I'd say in the past 6 months, I have been having dreams where my legs feel very heavy.  Sometimes I'm standing in my dream and then I can't move...

      RHMLucky777

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      Does anyone have this???

       

      I often have really bad nightmares.  Its typical for me to have a couple of nights a month where I wake up in sweats and am a bit traumatized by the dream.

       

      Recently, I'd say in the past 6 months, I have been having dreams where my legs feel very heavy.  Sometimes I'm standing in my dream and then I can't move my feet; its like they are super glued in place.  It is so frustrating and makes my entire body feel trapped.  Sometimes in a dream, I'll be running away from someone or something and my legs will slowly become heavy and useless.  And then sometimes I find myself trying to crawl aor pull myself away.

       

      The dreams are so restless that I usually am tired the next day.  I just had a dream where I couldn't use my legs and then I woke up with my legs feeling super heavy and twitching (I'm thinking that's the Baclofen and I was having what nornally would have been muscle spasms.

       

      Love to hear back from the community on this one...

  • Denise Coleman
    Feb. 23, 2009

    Dear Mandy,

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been going through an exacerbation and hope that you are feeling better.  You captured the essence of the roller-coaster ride on which MS keeps us captive. I was never a big fan of roller-coasters as a child, and am even less a fan now that I live on one.

    It's fascinating that your dreams were so predictive...

    RHMLucky777

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    Dear Mandy,

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been going through an exacerbation and hope that you are feeling better.  You captured the essence of the roller-coaster ride on which MS keeps us captive. I was never a big fan of roller-coasters as a child, and am even less a fan now that I live on one.

    It's fascinating that your dreams were so predictive and it furthers my belief that the mind/body connection is real and plays a major role in our health. Now if only we could figure out how to get our mind to connect to our body in a way that it could by-pass the destroyed myelin and get those brain messages delivered correctly and in a timely fashion.  Wouldn't that be wonderful?

    Until then we just have to keep on keeping on, and live the best possible life we can. Thanks and my best to you and your family. I hope you are feeling much better.

    • Mandy Crest
      Health Guide
      Feb. 23, 2009

      As always, I appreciate your insights.

       

      Hopefully, I can move on to more pleasant dreams -- dreams where I do not have MS -- now that I've given those fears some attention.

       

      Smile