Blame it on the brain…

This blog is one that I did for the MSAA with the topic of mind/body wellness. There is a connection between the mind and body that most people do not realize. Do not blame it on the rain; simply blame the brain. Happy reading, and I hope you enjoy it!

Blame it on the brain…

pic 1 dem bonesThe knee bone is connected to the thigh bone; the thigh bone is connected to the hip bone, and it is all connected to the brain bone. Ok, so the brain is not a bone, but that line sounds better poetically. The mind-body connection is often ignored and overlooked, especially if there is nothing wrong. When something does go wrong, many people bury it deep in their psyche, like a squirrel hides his nuts for the winter. This disguise over our emotions can create catastrophic complications that cause the need for psychotherapy for many years.

However, we can avoid all the mess by understanding mental and physical health work together to make our bodies operate. We need to comprehend bad brain or sad body wellness has a negative impact on our multiple sclerosis. This association means if one is having a rough emotional day, they may ambulate poorly or have a tough day physically. It is essential to follow a few simple guidelines to make your mind and body wellness less a mess.

pic 2 laughingFirst, always surround yourself with jolly and jovial people who understand the importance of having a convivial attitude. Try to hang around those who are happy people by nature and do not need to force or manufacture jubilation. These individuals typically can see when you may be having a rough day and can entice laughter out of your face. With minimal effort, they can remove a slight sallow smear from your countenance before it becomes life-altering.

On the other side of the coin, fitness has not only physical but a plethora of mental benefits that make exercise imperative. Working-out promotes positive personalities by releasing endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. These happy chemicals help alleviate depression, anxiety, or even help if you are simply feeling a bit blue.

pic 3 stressFinding ways to minimize your stress, anger, or frustration is necessary to help keep you cheery and physically in good shape. This pleasant personality can make a difference and may aid you in ambulation throughout your day. It is crucial always to keep an effervescent attitude so people are more willing to help you when you are in need.

I find periodic purposeful pleasure in all forms of music, giving me mental wellness to take on the world. The melodious and rhythmic sounds that fill my house makes my soul sing with exuberant jubilation. Diverse styles of music from Beethoven to The Beastie Boys help my various moods keep under control. Not only do I listen to music at home, but just before I exercise to put me in a happy state and boost my fitness abilities.

pic 5 meditationMeditation is another great benefit to those who want a positive and excellent connection between mind and body. Meditation is relaxing, causing restful mental tranquility that allows peaceful slumber throughout the night. This quiet sleep is good for MSers as it enables our bodies to reboot like the PC that we have at home, giving a fresh start to our day.

pic 5 total welnesThe number of ways the mind and body are connected is staggeringly high. The key to a good MS life, such as it is, is to avoid all stresses like physical, emotional, and mental stress, to name a few. Lifting excessively heavy weights, yelling at a cashier, or anxiety over your monthly bills, are all stresses that can have a negative impact on MS. In effect, this relationship will likely have us sliding down a dark MS symptom hole that is difficult to recover. When stress starts getting you down or your body isn’t operating the way you desire it to fall back on my suggestions. Utilize the ideas I have shared and give you the tools for a better attitude and a great day. Remember: you have multiple sclerosis; it does not have you.

De-stress for de best MS life.

Scott Cremeans lives in Central Ohio. He is a US Marine who was diagnosed with RRMS in 2001 at the age of 27. Scott has successfully managed his MS symptoms on his own with his faith, friends, and funnies. You can read more about his MS journey by visiting his blog where he muses about life in the slow lane with his literary wit.

I was wrong about MS…

For one to become a family doctor, they need a lot of schooling.  However, to learn a specialty like neurology, there is even more training required.  Doctors go to school and go through a residency program for ten to fourteen years to become a primary care physician.  Yet, to become a neurologist, you are looking at several extra years of learning in addition to the ten to fourteen years.  Some doctors have no concerns about not staying in their lanes by giving incorrect information about medical subjects they do not understand or have not researched.

After my MS diagnosis, I doctor hopped from one to the next for several years, searching for an excellent neurologist.   I received information about MS from each neurologist, and I assumed it to be accurate.  I was a novice to the diagnosis of MS, so I did not research anything I was told.  Instead, I studied diets, medications, and the success rate of both for those with multiple sclerosis.  My searching also led me down a path to seek out what non-mainstream MS treatments were people following.  For example, some MSers who live in Florida receive bee stings along the spine, no thank you, not for me.

I have heard about several MS patients who were given incorrect information about their multiple sclerosis. This situation disappointed me that a medical professional could make a statement definitively even though being wrong.  I felt sad that one of my MS brothers or sisters would be given inaccurate information.  MS facts alone make for a terrible day, and to be bombarded with Incorrect information that causes unnecessary worries makes life even more stressful.

Recently someone brought to my attention that some of the information I believed and shared with others is inaccurate.  Some of the doctors I trusted apparently gave me some incorrect data in my early days, and I fervently shared it with others.  For over a decade, I have passed out inaccurate info to everyone like water at a 5k race.  I now need to cautiously learn what part of my information is correct and, more importantly, incorrect not to spread bad facts.  Let me state unequivocally that only a portion of my knowledge is incorrect, and the rest is accurate.

Fast forward to today, I have now been researching all information received by doctors, friends, and reading material for accuracy before I pass it on.  So to my MS brothers and sisters and anyone who has received inaccurate information from me, I am sorry.  I will not be sharing any general MS info unless I have researched it myself and know it to be true.  I will only talk about my story and how MS has impacted my life and forced me to change many daily movements. Sadly I will have to rewrite some of my past blogs to correct them and change them from fiction to facts.  Thanks go to you, my friends and readers who share this journey with me, the good, bad, and the ugly.

And the truth shall set you free.