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20. When active in a (liberal) church, I visited some members w/MS
Thu Dec 10, 2015, 04:39 PM
Dec 2015

and there is such a wide variety. Some people can go on indefinitely with relatively minor symptoms and continue normal lives, and for some, like your sister, it acts quickly and takes so much away. It's good she had close and caring children -- and obviously a loving sister. The ones I visited who had severe MS still seemed in good spirits with lively minds and sassy attitudes. I think decent care makes a huge difference, but so does who you are, how spunky you are. In fact, everyone with MS that I encountered was intellectually fresh and stimulating. Wonder if that's a pattern? Plus, remission can and does happen. I don't think they understand these diseases yet.

Dorkzilla is wonderfully bright and funny as hell. Liveliness and fun-loving are a big advantage.

I'm sorry you have RA, Punkingal, but I agree with you that RA, while no picnic, seems easier to live with. My docs know I don't abuse opioids, and it is a great comfort just knowing they're there when needed. Also, for local spot relief, Salonpas patches and China Gel usually help. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FOB5BOK and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MTBH60 respectively. I get Salonpas from Costco and have gotten China Gel from Amazon. I hope you have good care and various sources of relief.

If you happened to find out... Scootaloo Dec 2015 #1
I will ask, Scootie! dorkzilla Dec 2015 #3
Much love to you from us as well! :) nt retrowire Dec 2015 #2
That's been my experience too. zentrum Dec 2015 #4
Thatís what Iím talking about!!! dorkzilla Dec 2015 #5
I feel it too Plucketeer Dec 2015 #7
Thanks for the good news. libdem4life Dec 2015 #6
Happy to share it! nt dorkzilla Dec 2015 #8
I'm a middle-aged mom... CoffeeCat Dec 2015 #9
Thank you for weighing in! dorkzilla Dec 2015 #13
So nice to see you, dorkzilla! senz Dec 2015 #10
There may be a connection with RA and MS dorkzilla Dec 2015 #12
I've heard that, too. senz Dec 2015 #14
they are both auto-immune diseases...i have RA Punkingal Dec 2015 #16
So sorry to hear that dorkzilla Dec 2015 #17
she was diagnosed at 62...things had gone on for a while Punkingal Dec 2015 #18
The older you are at diagnosis the worse it is generally dorkzilla Dec 2015 #19
I'm so sorry, dorkzilla. senz Dec 2015 #21
Thank you, dear senz dorkzilla Dec 2015 #22
I appreciate that senz Dec 2015 #24
so sorry... Punkingal Dec 2015 #26
Thanks, and I you. nt dorkzilla Dec 2015 #28
When active in a (liberal) church, I visited some members w/MS senz Dec 2015 #20
good care and i have learned what does and doesn't work Punkingal Dec 2015 #27
So far the only DMARD I've used senz Dec 2015 #31
Thanks for this... Thespian2 Dec 2015 #11
Thank you very much for all you do. Enthusiast Dec 2015 #15
HUGE K & R !!! - THANK YOU !!! WillyT Dec 2015 #23
This is what a friend of mine refers to as an Ultimate Truth: BadGimp Dec 2015 #25
I'm a female progressive who has worked all of her professional career + swilton Dec 2015 #29
Amen sister! dorkzilla Dec 2015 #30
Don't take this the wrong way, but, Admiral Loinpresser Dec 2015 #32
Then you'd deprive us of a wonderful ally! dorkzilla Dec 2015 #33
Roflmao. Admiral Loinpresser Dec 2015 #34
My volunteer group is also mostly women. JDPriestly Dec 2015 #35
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