Monthly Archives: November 2012

Oscillopsia Flared Up, Trying to Stay Off Computer

http://www.mattsms.com

OK, my vision has not been great this week which is why I have not been on. Reading is hard and when I can read I probably shouldn’t as not to strain my eyes while they “heal”. Oscillopsia is so far the worst vision issue I have experienced because there is nothing I can do about it! Although, getting around is not difficult, it just keeps me off the computer mostly, so maybe it’s good haha? The point is, I have had to keep busy off the computer and I got a lot done, maybe too much! I have to be careful as it’s hard to not keep pushing and going,  but so far so good (I think).

Power Tools and MS? Good Day!

http://www.mattsms.com Compared to most days, today was a good one! A great one! I did all my morning exercises and ate breakfast. My walking is still pretty good! I went back into my room and noticed the bookshelf that my fish tank is on was sagging more than usual. One of the shelf supports already ripped through the particle board do to the weight and water spillage of the fish tank, it was being held up by a book! Water and particle board… They do not mix well. I was contemplating what I should do, talked about it with my mom, looked for a new one on Craigslist, and then I decided “Screw it, I will try to fix it” just how I would have without thought two years ago. I knew how to do it since it was way simple, but I do it was the question? I started by moving the fish tank off the shelf and then using a power drill to reset the top shelf with some new screws. Wow, I can not remember the last time I used a drill! The shelf’s backing was all warped and ripped from water spilling over. I nailed that back into place and I did not even smash a single finger! Nice! The top shelf was still pretty water damaged though… Hmm… OK, let’s try. I went into the garage, got a sheet of plywood, measured it out, and plugged in the circular saw… Nice and smooth, no loss of fingers. I cut out a square of wood and it just… felt good. Me again! I nailed that down and put some contact paper on top to make it look nice. I set up the fish tank with new water and this is when I realized that my life may finally be turning around and I am not even on any medication yet! I just need to keep a steady pace and not push myself too far! Let’s see how this plays out! http://www.mattsms.com I went about my day pretty normal and then I decided that I was going to try to go on a short walk. 2,000 feet, 0.3 miles I think? Just around the block, I have done this before, but for some reason this time felt really good! Now

I can not wait for tomorrow!

Oscillopsia – Starting to Walk Without a Cane?

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Steroids and Multiple Sclerosis: Solu-Medrol (Methylprednisolone)

http://www.mattsms.com/p/ms-knowledge-medication.html

What
is the difference between Solu-Medrol and oral Prednisone? Well they
are pretty much the same thing, both are corticosteroids, Solu-Medrol
is a little stronger and administered through an IV. For Multiple
Sclerosis flare ups, it is usually given over the course of 3 to 5
days, 1,000mg, 1 hour at a time (per infusion).
This
drug reduces inflammation and slightly suppresses the immune system
helping to stop the inflammatory response which damages myelin in the
CNS (central nervous system) of MS Patients.
Most
people start to feel the effects after about 3 to 5 days, fast. This
s the textbook choice for treating an exacerbation (along with oral Prednisone) which is why most people no longer use Acthar (ACTH). Solu-Medrol is usually given in an infusion center but in some cases, it can be given at home as well.
 
This
medication can cause your blood sugar to rise as well as increase
your risk of infection. It is common to experience a metallic taste
during an infusion, sleeping gets hard as it may “wire” you, and
mood swings (roid rage) are common as well. Here are some more
symptoms:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Headache
  • Dizziness