[ Episode 5 Recap ] It’s Not all in My Head

Let’s be honest being told that something is “wrong” with you and that you have been diagnosed with an illness with no known cure is completely mind-blowing.  We can’t speak for everyone but it has to be a shock to the system.  It seems as if a diagnosis can lead to a plethora of emotions, depression & anxiety are two which certainly stand out.

Depression can be difficult to manage on your own and when things go awry you may not know where to start to get help.  MS is hard.  There isn’t an easier way to say it.  The unpredictability of this illness can lead someone into a whirlwind of emotions.

According to the MS Society depression is one of the most common symptoms with people that have Multiple Sclerosis.  Of course, we all have highs & lows in life and I think what makes MS patients experience anxiety and depression is the unpredictability of the illness.  We may go to bed feeling strongwith the ability to move about with ease, then wake up in the morning not being able to lift your legs or even see.  Needless to say, it’s scary!

No, it’s NOT all in my head — is this really happening to me? A question that so many of us ask ourselves. How everyone manages their illness after the diagnosis is completely different.   You’re diagnosed, now what?  The control you thought you once had over your life is now in the hands of a disease.  That lack of control we mentioned in the podcast, is the green light for anxiety.

Anxiety doesn’t care what time of day that it decides to disrupt your life.  It creeps in — actually, it attacks your mind with a vengeance.  We may be experiencing numbness is our legs and feet then all of a sudden lose the ability to walk which makes it easy to fall into the web of anxiety.  Is this the start of another exacerbation?  Is something else wrong with me besides MS?  The “complex unpredictability”  nature of this disease can open a window to all types of emotions.  It’s important to listen to your body and talk to your doctor.  Remember that you are not alone and you aren’t exaggerating how you feel.  This is real and an adjustment to accepting a new normal.

Until next time…Love & Light!

D & D

 

Episode 5 — It’s Not All In My Head

Listen to Episode 5 of Myelin & Melanin!

You mean to tell me that I have to start worrying about my mental state in addition to my physical body? You’re kidding me, right?

This week, we will be talking about the realities of depression and anxiety, and how they relate to our MS.

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* Please forgive the sound quality of this podcast; we had some equipment difficulties.

[ Episode 4 Recap ] Energy Vampires & Protecting Your Energy

Have you ever been in someone’s presence, be it online or in close proximity, and start to feel uneasy?  You may start to notice tension throughout your body, your stomach may be in knots, your breathing may become erratic.  Well, if you notice those small but subtle changes, you have been bitten by an Energy Vampire!  Beware…

According to Dr. Sophie Henshaw in How to Avoid Being Drained By Energy Vampires, “Energy vampires are emotionally immature individuals who have the sense that the whole world revolves around them. They are almost incapable of seeing things from another person’s perspective. They often lack empathy. They believe that they must take everything they can get from others and that giving anything will deprive them of essential resources.”

As we’ve discussed in previous episodes, stress and MS are a dangerous combination. Imagine the stress that energy vampires wreak on one’s system! When you’re dealing with MS, you’re already operating with a deficit — dealing with someone who drains you, instead of refilling your cup, can be damaging to your spirit (and manifest in your body). Take care to avoid them! Or, at the very least, be aware of this type of person (or situation) and keep your distance.

It’s important to recognize when your personal space has been invaded, because your body will tell you when toxic energy is unwanted.  In the podcast, we talked about a couple of techniques to help keep the negativity at bay.  Meditation and body scanning are always easy ways to escape the “bite.”  If you’re curious about how to incorporate relaxing or energy blocking techniques take a look at the link below.

 

We want Myelin and Melanin to be a place where you find information that is beneficial to your life.  Remember, avoid the bites and stings that energy vampires can bring!

Love, light & awareness! 🙂

D & D

 

Episode 4 — Energy Vampires & Protecting Your Energy

Listen to Episode 4 of Myelin & Melanin!

Have you ever been in someone’s presence, be it online or in close proximity, and start to feel uneasy?  You may start to notice tension throughout your body, your stomach may be in knots, your breathing may become erratic.  Well, if you notice those small but subtle changes, you have been bitten by an Energy Vampire!  Beware…

Check us out, listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @myelinmelanin to keep abreast of our latest goings on.

Please feel free to reach out and comment with questions, feedback or suggestions for what you’d like to hear in future episodes.

[ Episode 3 Recap ] Treating the Whole Person

Hello followers!  Myelin and Melanin is well on the way to continue bringing you exciting and informative episodes.  Last week we were excited to have Dr. Kevin Flythe as our guest.  He has been a doctor of chiropractic care for over 20 years and was able to step away from his busy practice to discuss the benefits of this type of complementary medicine.

Alternative medicine has long been a topic amongst many of us in the MS world. Quite often we don’t know where to begin or how any of this works with our DMDs. Fortunately, over the past decade, there have been numerous studies and articles written about the proven benefits of alternative or complementary medicine.

Over the past few years, many neurologists have begun to encourage their patients to include some of these therapies to help manage symptoms.  Massage, Tai Chi, and acupuncture to name a few.  Read below to find out what others in the medical community have said:

Love and light,

D & D

Episode 3 — Treating the Whole Person

Listen to Episode 3 of Myelin & Melanin! Are you familiar with the various types of complementary (alternative) medicine that benefit MS patients? We have a guest, Dr. Kevin Flythe, who is a doctor of chiropractic care in Atlanta Georgia, discussing the benefits of chiropractic care and various complements to DMDs.

Check us out, listen and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or SoundCloud. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @myelinmelanin to keep abreast of our latest goings on.

Please feel free to reach out and comment with questions, feedback or suggestions for what you’d like to hear in future episodes.