To Pee or Not to Pee

Ok!  So I am getting ready for bed and I feel the urge to pee.  Only, I just did!  UGH!  It is just another wonderful present that MS brings.  At first, I thought I was crazy.   I thought I really am just making this up.  I am imaging that I have to go again.  Wait!  I have a bladder infection…yep that must be it! Still no!

So I hit the wonderful internet and found out that a lot of people with MS have this problem and don’t like to talk about.  Believe me, it would not be something that I would hang out at the water cooler and talk to my friends about.  On here, the readers understand!

There is actually a name for it: Nocturia.  I will save you all the details and give you the link to check it out yourself.

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Welcome to MyMSMatters

Welcome to!  I hope this will become a place where people can come to ask questions, get support, and find links to important sites.

A little about me:  I was diagnosed with MS in March 2010.  I can’t believe that it has only been a year.  WOW!  So much has happened in such a short amount of time.  I have been on 2 different MS meds, a few relapses, and I have lost 40 pounds.  It is interesting how your life can change with just 3 words, “You have MS.”  Some people say, don’t let MS change you…but if you have or know someone who has MS, you know that it changes every part of you.

Multiple sclerosis (MS for short) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (also known as the central nervous system).  The brain is like a computer that sends messages to your body telling it what to do – like “walk” or “talk.”  The spinal cord is like a thick bunch of wires attached to the brain. Messages travel from the brain along the spinal cord to the muscles all around your body. So, if you brain wants your arm to lift up and wave, it sends a message along your spinal cord to your arm. Your arm gets the message and starts to wave! When a person has MS, the covering (myelin) that protects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord is affected, so the message cannot always get through.  These scars on the myelin interrupt messages being sent, so when the brain tells the arm to wave, the message might not get through or gets mixed up so the arm doesn’t do what the brain wants it to do.

I look forward to blogging and meeting others who have or know someone who has MS!

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