With my new ‘strap on’ device, I managed the longest run yet yesterday. I managed to keep going for 45 minutes, so I am very pleased with that and demonstrates some progress. I have decided to use the tried and trusted Bootneck method of training (for me anyway), and that is to keep going all the way to destruction or limb failure!! It’s working so far.
Here is day two of my list of symptoms that help to explain MS a bit better I hope. Again, for more information, please visit www.mstrust.org
In multiple sclerosis, it is common to experience uncomfortable, altered sensations, such as pins and needles, burning or crawling feelings, numbness or tightness. Although the feelings seem to be in the skin, they are actually due to damage caused by MS which disrupts messages passing along nerves in the central nervous system. Although altered sensations in MS may feel itchy, there is no rash or sign of skin irritation unless you’ve been tempted to scratch the itchiness.
What causes altered sensations?
Although it feels like something is going on in the skin, the sensations are due to damage caused by MS to the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. This damage interferes with the normal transmission of messages to the brain. The brain can’t interpret the signals it is receiving as it is outside its experience. To deal with this, it tries to relate it to something the body has experienced before such as itching or burning. Alternatively, the brain may relate it to some other sensation that it can imagine like having insects crawling all over you.
Although the sensation feels like it is in a particular part of your body, such as your fingertips, there is no damage to the tissues in your hand. The only damage is on the nerves which report to your brain about your hand, and this is what makes it seem like there is something wrong with your fingertips.