Increased Stress and Heightened MS Symptoms

Multiple times, I’ve observed that increased periods of stress have resulted in an exacerbation of my MS symptoms. The MS symptoms don’t necessarily worsen concurrently with the heightened stress level. Sometimes, there is a delayed reaction. Increased MS symptoms may follow a period of heightened stress.

Almost any MS symptom is vulnerable to worsening with increased stress, including fatigue, paresthesias, and/or weakness. Individuals with MS simply don’t have the capacity to be exposed to increased stress levels without a corresponding exacerbation of their symptoms.

This doesn’t in any way reflect that individuals with MS have impaired coping skills. Their bodies simply lack the reserve necessary to be buffered adequately from the effects of increased stress levels.

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