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  • Spotlight

    • Taking medicines abroad
      I try and go abroad at least once a year and, in the past, have given little consideration to just how I carry my drugs with me. We always used to take a pill box and set out the meds on a day-by-day schedule. One problem with this is that drugs should be carried in their original packaging. I've never had much of a problem but, more recently, realised I should be paying a bit more attention to the formal ...
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    • The Mountain Poem
      This poem, originally written for mental health, could also apply to Multiple Sclerosis where fatigue and pain are invisible and helps explain how we may cope with it.
      If the mountain seems too big today,
      then climb a hill instead.
      If the morning brings you sadness,
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    • It's never too late...
      I was reading some MS news and I thought: “It's all too late for me.” Then I remembered how HARD I've been working on my negative tendencies and how SUCCESSFUL that has been, so far. MS challenges us every day. For me, it is never too late to work at being positive and to learn a new skill with whatever abilities I have left to use. What positive aims and goals do you have?
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    • DLA to PIP
      Well, this morning's post brought the DWP letter I have been expecting for about two years! Yep, you've got it, would I like to apply for PIP as the DLA is ending. I feel like I might be the last person on the planet to get the letter, but probably not! Having sorted out the various requirements needed to make the initial call, and having referred to the members-only guides on the Benefits&Work site ...
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    • Talking to others about your MS
      As some of you know, I have been writing and talking about my MS since I was diagnosed in 2007. One thing I was glad I did back then was tell people that I had MS. This is probably not something anyone should suggest or recommend to others just diagnosed. For myself, it turned out to be a good decision. It's a strange thing, when you tell most people they simply don't understand ...
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    • How We With MS Feel...
      When we say we can't do something because we don't feel well, put yourself in our shoes by using the examples of our symptoms below...
      Painful heavy legs: Apply tightly 20 lb ankle weights and 15 lb thigh weights, then take a 1 mile walk, clean the house, go shopping and then sit down - how ya' feeling now? ...
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    • welshguy49
      Hi Happymama it's noswaith dda for good evening or bore da for good morning but full marks for trying :-)
    • Happymama
      Bore Da, Welshguy!      
    • Happymama
      Yes, and we're testing daily with LF tests from the kid's college.     I've had both jabs and had a really nasty reaction to the first AZ - felt awful, temperature etc.  This is just a cold though. I've had a flu jab too but that was ages ago and might well have been leftover stuff from last year, it was a long time before this year's mix.     One twin has had it and is now better bar being a bit stuffy a week later, one is still getting over theirs and couldn't taste breakfast but it had returned by lunch.  One once lost their smell and taste for a week when they were younger.  They've all had one jab and the next is to be booked in the next two weeks.     It's just because for 18 months we didn't let our immune systems get that bleed-through of minor niggles to practice on. My kids always had a cold after the summer holidays in the October anyway and another after Christmas every year since starting school but none others (which was unusual, most small kids have 5 or 6  a year but mine live with cats, dogs and me not very retentive about cleaning) Shopping trolley handles have a soup of infection and that's where I did get most of my bleed-through from, I suspect plus the kids coming in from a school full of bugs.  But it's not quite time to stop cleaning them yet.  Covid Delta is a thing, still.  Counts round here are dropping, though.     I don't get colds, not had one like this since I had H1N1 at the end of 2009.  Just a sore throat one time which was seen off by Strepsils Extra, one leaf, in a day, and maybe some red wine.     I'm holding my own with the Strepsils.  I have an ancient history of tonsillar abscesses, and also sinuses that get so blocked they bleed to relieve the pressure.  Both need antibiotics.  Both are an AVOID AVOID AVOID situation.  They hurt.  A lot.     Am waiting for my Pfizer topup.  DS has had both his now too, and he caught the cold as did the rest of Amazon MME.     Freshers in university are dropping like flies, apparently.  
    • Marina
      Sorry you’re feeling like this, @Happymama !   Maybe the article below might explain things a bit? Also, I’ve seen reports that people who’ve had both vaccines for Covid can have the symptoms of an everyday cold if they catch the virus (or no symptoms at all). And Covid seems to be running a bit rampant in schools (maybe not surprising!).   “The return of schools and the arrival of autumn means common colds and other respiratory infections are firmly on the rise, spreading coughs and sneezes, more severe illnesses, and prompting some to report their worst colds ever.” ... “Symptoms of Covid-19 can often be similar to symptoms of other illnesses such as the common cold. So it’s important that if a patient does experience symptoms of Covid-19, such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste that they get a PCR test immediately, and on receiving a positive result, self-isolate for the required period of time.”   From: Return of the common cold: infections surge in UK as autumn arrives | Common cold | The Guardian WWW.THEGUARDIAN.COM After 18 months of social distancing, scientists believe people’s immune defences have weakened  
    • Stumbler
      @Happymama , I think it was unavoidable, given Government policy on Covid.   Hopefully, if you've been double-jabbed, it will just be like a bad cold and nothing more severe.   Get well soon  
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Founded in 2004, MS People UK is a community website and discussion forum by and for people with Multiple Sclerosis as well as for friends, families, supporters and those interested in this disabling condition.

If you’re newly diagnosed or want to ask about possible first symptoms, or if you’ve had Relapse Remit, Secondary or Primary Progressive MS for some time, a welcoming group of fellow MS sufferers is here to chat with you about MS symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.

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