I'm still in my freshman year here and sometimes it takes either (a) reading something the 20th time, or (b) having someone say it JUST the right way, in order for a concept to click.
A relapse is a new MS attack, right?
A flare is a symptom caused by stress, or an infection, or over-heating, or ... etc
I have an appt with me MS Neuro next week, after dealing with 2 of the nurses over the phone and getting frustrated. Perhaps I made the mistake of saying "I've been incredibly stressed lately" because they both shoo'd me off the phone, saying to de-stress. (although .. for the record, my stress has been crazy .. my 14-mo old is having some breathing issues, and is going for surgery next week, among other things)
Yet, this feeling in my arm is .. well, worrisome. So I called the doc.
- Pre-diagnosis, I had some "tired" feeling in my right upper arm, and numbness in lower arm
- Pre-diagnosis, I had an episode that my primary doc called Shingles. I was never convinced, there were no lesions on my skin .. but my right arm felt like it had been scraped along the pavement for several weeks
- At diagnosis, I had a couple lesions on my thoracic spine
- Now in my 3rd week of this new (?) symptom, the right upper arm has pain and is tired. I feel like it'd be happier just hanging there.
- It has full strength (that I know of) and no tingles
- Ibuprofen/Aleve do not help it
- Every morning, I feel it was soon as I wake up in my upper arm
- By mid-morning, I usually can feel it in my lower arm, too
- By late evening, it is usually gone? I cannot tell if I just am not paying attention to it, or if it is gone
- Sometimes at night it is back ... and ALWAYS it is there when I wake up
- No, I do NOT sleep on that side. I have a hip problem and it's not comfortable.
- Do either relapses or stress-flares have this behavior of ALWAYS being there in the morning, but by late evening, being gone? (when the nurse heard that, she ruled out a relapse)
- So stress flares last several weeks, every single day?