Mental Fatigue Sets In as Another Year With MS Winds Down..
For nearly as long as we’ve been writing the Life With Multiple Sclerosis blog, we’ve afforded you an opportunity to check in with yourself and with others in our community as to how you’d rate your multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms.
In the past few years, we’ve suggested you rate them according to the Life With Multiple Sclerosis Self-Evaluation Scale (LWM3S). It’s a simple 1-10 scale in which:
1 = The best my symptoms have felt since my diagnosis with MS
10 = The worst my symptoms have felt since my diagnosis with MS
This is, obviously, a subjective scale, but many of us have found it useful in relating our symptoms to something rather than simply an overall. We think of the best and worst we’ve felt since our MS diagnoses and pick a number in-between (or, if you’re having the best or worst day ever since diagnosis, you rate it a 1 or 10, accordingly).
Just Another Year With MS
As for me, it feels like just another year in which I have MS. I’ve had ups and downs. As I look back at my personal ratings in 2015, I find that I’ve had a fair good bit of MS troubles this year.
It could be my travel schedule adding to my weariness, or the need to always be “up” or “on” when touring for a book launch. That can take energy out of any healthy person, let alone “one of us.”
Today, coming off a four-week battle with a cold virus (it’s a particularly nasty one this year, it seems) I’m finding myself quite mentally fatigued. My body is about a 5.5 on the scale, but my brain seems to be hovering around a 7. I’m not as bad as I’ve been at times in the past, but life feels more difficult than average.
I hadn’t ever thought about breaking each symptom (or group of symptoms) down in our scale. That might be an interesting thought for the new year. Of course, that would complicate something that was designed to be simple. Such is life with MS.
So, I’d rate my overall MS as a 6.5 this month.
What Will 2016 Bring for Those With MS?
2016 will be a special year on a number of fronts, and it would be nice if it were a special year (in a good way) for all of us living with multiple sclerosis.
So, as the ever-shorter winter nights mark the close of 2015, how is your MS today?
Wishing you and your family the best of health…