I’m in Such a Bad Mood; Heat and MS When There is No Heat

Ugh! I am in such a bad mood today! From the moment I woke up I was just… angry? You see, yes, I am sleeping way better but I still don’t wake up feeling rested (like most of us with Multiple Sclerosis don’t feel). In fact, I really can’t remember the last time I woke up and felt like I actually got the amount of sleep that I did; refreshed and recharged, ready to start my day! Pft… No… Just fatigue. Doesn’t seem to be secondary (the result of poor sleep or some other symptom) since I am actually sleeping again. So that tells me it’s primary (lassitude). Fatigue for no reason other than the fact that MS IS BS.

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Sick? Stressed? Pushing Myself too Hard?

Or all of the above? The last few days since the “MS Hug” popped back into my life, I have just not felt well. I did get a sore throat but maybe I just slept with my mouth open or something? I don’t know but I checked the inside of my mouth/throat for all the stuff I had to start checking for after Lemtrada and all was good. But still, I just haven’t been feeling well. I feel really week, my skin is almost tender sometimes, and I have been so tired! Fatigued, lethargic, whatever you want to label it as. I don’t want to move. I don’t want to get out of bed. I don’t want to do anything. But I have so much that has to get done, stuff that has a time limit so I have had to push through all this and try to get it done. So maybe between the stress of all that I have to deal with and the stress of trying to push myself so hard I am just breaking down?

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Nuvigil for MS Fatigue; My Experience

Nuvigil (Armodafinil) is a medication used to “promote wakefulness” when treating people with disorders like narcolepsy, sleep apnea or shift work sleep disorder. In Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Nuvigil is a popular choice for treating fatigue. Nuvigil is often compared to Adderall which is primarily used to treat ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) but I am not sure if it is also an actual amphetamine or not; from what I gather, the chemical structure is very similar. That being said, Adderall is a schedule II controlled substance and Nuvigil is a schedule IV. Schedule II is defined as “drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. These drugs are also considered dangerous” where schedule IV is defined as “drugs with a low potential for abuse and low risk of dependence”. Just for reference, there are 5 schedules (I-V) and the lower the number the more “dangerous”; heroin is a schedule I drug and a cough medication like Robitussin is schedule V. So knowing that I have to imagine it is not exactly the same.

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Trying to Increase Exercise Difficulty and My Productivity

Last week I stopped my “exercise routine” because I was not sure if I was getting sick or not. Guess it was a false alarm (knock on wood). So yesterday I got myself back on track for the week but I kicked it up a notch, a small notch but a notch. First, instead of using the recumbent bike I used the elliptical. On the recumbent bike, I noticed that my legs would fatigue before I really got my cardio going; it didn’t matter how long I was on it, how fast I pedaled or what level of resistance I was on. So even though I hate the elliptical I thought it would be much better for my cardio because you are pretty much moving your entire body rather than just your legs and wow, I am so out of shape!

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