My Story: “No Weapon (MS) Formed Against Me Shall Prosper”

Patricia Bush-Wilson

Patricia Bush-Wilson knows that multiple sclerosis (MS) doesn’t have to stop a person from enjoying life, but MS does slow her down at times with many days of familiar fatigue and spontaneous symptoms. After being initially diagnosed with MS in 2007 at the age of 40, Patricia experienced a seven year symptom-free journey without any pharmaceutical drugs.

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“My job was to learn all I could about MS while making alternative lifestyle changes (exercise, diet, available support groups), as well as working closely with my doctor,” she explains.

At that time, the alternative path for her MS was working. Then, she learned that MS is not a condition concerned with being polite and convenient.

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“A relapsing form of MS doesn’t want to show up after you complete your college program, but shows up to accompany you on the ride,” she says. “So, while completing my graduate studies I was told that I had new lesions on my brain which were the reason for the monstrous migraines and the loss of vision in my right eye.”

Rather than sit around feeling hopeless or fighting the unfair disease that attacked her brain, Patricia remembers, “I made the decision that no weapon (MS) formed against me shall prosper. Therefore, knowing that in spite of MS through faith and aligning myself with gifted health professionals a quality life is still possible.”

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“Currently, I continue to use alternative ways along with medications designed to limit reoccurring relapses. MS often stops movement, however, during my journey, I have completed my graduate studies, authored a book – Refreshing Tones for Her, and I am enjoying traveling and spending time with my family and friends.”

MS may be a constant changing journey for Patricia, but she realizes “I’m not on this journey alone and together we keep moving.”

 

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The Emotional Side Of MS: Understanding Pseudobublar Affect (PBA)

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If you find yourself crying or laughing uncontrollably, you are not alone. Although most people have never heard of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), it’s estimated that two million Americans are suffering from this neurologic condition. Ten percent of these are people living with multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Often misdiagnosed as clinical depression, PBA is a neurologic disorder that’s characterized by uncontrollable episodes of crying or laughing without any evident reason(s). The outbursts may happen a couple times throughout the day and can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes.

While the exact cause is still being investigated by researchers, it’s believed that PBA is triggered by a traumatic injury or neurological disease, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, that affects the parts of our brain that control the way we process and express our emotions.

Symptoms for PBA may look like:

  • Crying and/or laughing easily
  • Experiencing sudden or unexpected bursts of crying and/or laughing
  • The uncontrollable episodes of crying and/or laughing do not match what you’re feeling on the inside. For instance, you’re in a great mood, but all of a sudden, you start crying uncontrollably
  • The person may laugh or cry at inappropriate times. For instance, someone with PBA may start crying in response to a joke or laughing uncontrollably during a funeral or in response to sad news

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People with PBA may isolate themselves and avoid public situations for fear of having an episode around others. Being diagnosed by a doctor is the first step toward creating a treatment plan. Because PBA is a neurologic condition that affects emotions, antidepressants are often prescribed. However, back in 2010, the FDA approved Neudexta, a drug that’s specifically designed for people with PBA.

If you’ve been diagnosed with PBA, there are other ways you can help control your symptoms, such as taking deep, slow breaths and distracting yourself whenever you feel an outburst coming on.

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