Scat89 wrote:Thank you lynda for the advice. I'm just wondering how everyone deals with MS type symptoms? Brain fog, Fatigue, weakness. I've been missing work and not exercising. do you just push thru it? How long does it take for symptoms to go away? Is it ok for me to work out?
I'm sorry you've been going through this. I do agree with Lynda's whole post, however. Your symptoms could possibly due to something other than MS, and diet and exercise can help optimize your overall health. Plus, no matter what is wrong with you, your general good health can make it easier to live with.
Some symptoms sound MS-y-ish, but others, like the throat inflammation could be something else entirely. Plus, sadly, even if one is diagnosed with MS, it doesn't keep you from another medical condition along with it. I have so many diagnoses I can't pin any symptom on MS.
But...to answer your exercise question, yes, I do push my way through as much as I can. In fact, I credit my years of diet/exercise for keeping fatigue/brain fog/weakness at a minimum with me. Those symptoms actually give me the least problems. I wouldn't feel comfortable advising someone to suddenly plunge into strenuoous exercise without doctor's advice if they've been sedentary for years, but it sounds like you should know your body pretty well.
In fact, if you've been avoiding exercise altogether for a month, that is doubtless contributing to your fatigue, at least a little. I guarantee that's happened to me when I've had to back off for a few days due to colds/stomach viruses, or real sickness. But with other symptoms, I just keep at it - and listen to my body, of course. When I was first diagnosed with MS, I was absolutely stunned to find so much MS advice was to discourage strenuous exercise, when I had been doing the opposite for 20 years and was doing great.
Exercise has since been much more accepted as a real MS benefit.
As for length of symptoms, I have weird stuff that lasts for minutes and others that last for years - we're all unique. But I've also found many, many ways to both alleviate and adapt to them all during that time.
But a quick caution - this may not be MS at all, so pay attention to what your own body tells you until you find out. And start back on your routine a little slower than you were used to. Good luck!