By Doug Ankerman
Nothing up my sleeve! It is magic I tell ya!
Magic how a disease like multiple sclerosis works from the inside-out. Hiding your symptoms from those around you.
MS uses deceptive tricks to mask your illness, prompting some to ask the dreaded, cringe-worthy question…
“But you look so good?”
Everyone has a hidden MS symptom…Or two…Or ten.
Mine is spasticity. Spasticity of my legs mostly.
Termites do a double-take thinking I’d be an easy lunch.
My herky-jerky gait makes the walking dead move like Baryshnikov.
So I sit mostly, quietly keeping my spasticity to myself.
Without sharing my back-story, others would hardly know a harpist could pluck “Clair de Lune” on my hamstrings. Or how my calves are like balled-up fists that never open.
Thankfully many of the hidden symptoms of multiple sclerosis have effective treatment options. Spasticity included. I take Baclofen tablets three-times daily and also have tremendous benefit of getting Botox injections in my legs every three months.
Now for my next trick, I’m hoping you find treatment for yours.
*Doug writes nonsense about MS and other stuff on his humor blog at myoddsock.com.