I am somewhat stiff all the time. It is indeed worse in the morning. I get up two hours before I have to go to work so I can spend the first hour getting limber enough to curl my hair. Sad that something so simple can cause so much disturbance in my daily ritual.
I use to whine about it, even if only to myself. I gave that up because it doesn't help to dwell on the gloom and doom of MS. I decided that if I could whine, I could DO something about it. I bother not going to the Dr because everthing I have went to the Dr for since I fould out I had MS is "MS related" and they always have a pill they want me to take. Big whoop. I don't take pills. Having MS is bad enough I don't want my hair to fall out, to gain weight, kidneys to fail, liver to rot, or worse yet (and yes I actually read this as a side effect of some medicine in several places) develop cancer!!!! I'm like I'll just get up eariler.
Being tired is my worse enenmy. When I get tired, I tend to slide into "poor poor pitiful me" mode. It takes twice as much energy to be me these days. Sometimes opening a bottle of soda is a five minute affair. Sucks. BUT I can do it. I try to rest as much as I can, and like I said before, I actually exercise. Weather it helps or not, I don't know but I feel better that I'm doing it so it works for me.
I take niacin, b12, and folic acid. I do the Avonex shots once a week (I hate those but it was the lesser of 4 evils).
Chris, I tell people I have arthritis. They buy it. Only a couple of people in my life even know I have MS. I would not be able to tolerate the gossip and talk behind my back if "everyone knew" so I chose to let it be. I know they talk and think less of people. I hear them do it every day. I usually just walk away and thank God it's not me they think so little about. I do believe it's my biggest fear that someday it will be me they talk about like that. It would quite likely kill me.