Welcome to ThisIsMS. I'm sorry that you find yourself here but I hope that now that you're hear you can find a supportive group of people.
I love to run, enjoy the outdoors and living life to it's fullest! Many other websites have practically told me to abandon my "former" life! It's so disturbing! I don't run as fast or often as I used to, but I do try. I am learning to adapt to new subtle and not so subtle "twinges" and burnings, quadricep heaviness, occasional knee dropping, and exhaustion.
Many of us find that we have new limitations. However, in spite of this, it's usually best to try to do as much as possible. MS is like a vicious circle, it makes it harder to do things, therefore it's easier to do less, as a result, it's even harder to do things. I've found that getting out of this vicious circle is exceedingly difficult. Thus, it's best to remain as active as you can for as long as you can.
Question-When do you know you are having a "real" attack versus just a few days of extra leg heaviness, muscle stiffness, etc? My neuro said a "real" attack would be BIG. All these little things mess with my head Smile Any thoughts?
Some people on this site have discussed using a 4-day rule
. Essentially, it's fairly common for symptoms to fluctuate somewhat. For example, I often find that physical stress will cause extra burning sensations in my leg. However, if new symptoms stick around for four or more days, then it's likely that it could be due to an attack. The 4-day rule also works in reverse, i.e., if improvements stick around longer than four days, then you can begin to consider them real and not just due to day-to-day fluctuations in the disease.
I hope that's of some help for you.