8 Things MS Patients Don’t Want to Hear
Most people are well-meaning, but there are certain things MSers don’t want to hear!
Watch the video above, or read the written summary below.
1. “You’re so brave.”
This is not only infuriating, but also extremely patronizing!
2. “That scooter looks like fun!”
Although mobility scooters have changed many MSers lives, we would much rather be able to walk.
3. “I get tired, too.”
People with MS get tired, but the crippling fatigue most of us feel is not regular tiredness; it makes even the smallest action a monumental effort.
4. “You don’t look ill.”
If fatigue is your main symptom, people are never going to understand how bad you feel and will often suggest you have MS “mildly” compared to other people.
5. “I’ve got a weak bladder, too.”
People who say this don’t have mobility issues making it harder to physically get there on time, and usually don’t know what it’s like when you don’t make it.
6. “Oh, I know how you feel.”
No, you don’t.
7. “Disabled parking permit? You’re so lucky!”
It may seem “lucky” to our able-bodied friends, but we just wish we didn’t need one.
8. “Have you tried..?”
People do this to us all the time, and though their intentions are good, it’s really not helpful.
- How Massage Therapy Can Help Treat MS
Massage therapy for MS patients can be effective in decreasing stress and improving flexibility. Learn whether massages would be beneficial to you here.
- Can Women With MS Have a Healthy Pregnancy?
Multiple sclerosis and pregnancy are not mutually exclusive. You can carry and give birth to a healthy baby, though you will need to take some precautions.
- Why I Choose to Wear a Medical ID for MS
"I’d never considered wearing a medical ID for MS, but now I'm glad I do." Debra talks about why she wears a medical ID and how it can be helpful.
- Understanding the Diagnosis Process for Multiple Sclerosis
There is no single test that can determine if you have MS, but healthcare experts have various tools at hand to find a multiple sclerosis diagnosis.