Last reply 8 months ago
MS symptoms with stress

I’ve been going through a really challenging stressful time right now to the point I just want to run away and for everyone just to leave me alone, I’ve started getting a constant twitch in my right eye and now what feels like a buzzing every so often in my head, the stress is so bad I’m terrified it’ll bring on a relapse or these symptoms are the beginning of it.

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8 months ago

@chezn87 , this phrase is most pertinent at these times :-

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” (Reinhold Niebuhr)

Do you want to share the causes of your stress? A problem shared is a problem halved. It’s also therapeutic to put it down in writing.

8 months ago

Hi @chezn87 ! 🙂

It’s never a good feeling when stress can get to a level where you just want to escape it all. It also doesn’t help that stress can trigger symptoms with MS. I know it is easier said than done but take some time to regroup & focus on yourself. Once you have a clearer mind, you can find different things that will help with stress. Meditation, yoga, reading & being by the water usually helps me. It’s hard to think that it will never end but stay positive and you will see the difference. Best of luck!

8 months ago

Anxiety hurts both the mind and the body !!! You sweets need to find a way to calm down !!! Theres herbal tinctures theres medication theres learning to meditate yoga massage acupuncturist ser
seriously tell your self all is fine repeat repeat repeat you can do this !!! Breath much Love and care. 👍🦋💪

8 months ago

I have empathy for your dilemma. I have experienced some of the same things over my 16+ years diagnosed. I am happy to talk and listen to any stresses you would like to share. I have so many coping skills I’ve learned over my time with MS. I am truly happy to help.
For your eye twitch there are medications! I also learned this first hand. These can be treated in two ways by drugs in the benzodiazepine class:
Clonazepam is a long acting drug. This would be a good choice for preventing muscle spasms like the one in your eye. When I first started taking this 15 years ago a single dose of .25mg a day worked for me. I now take 1mg twice a day (although my prescription says 4x a day in case I need more during stressful times- like maybe the holidays or when extensive travel is required) but usually I stick to the lower dosing schedule.
Xanax is a shorter acting version of Clonazepam. You would not take both together. This would be a choice if muscle spasms are generally few and far between for you.
Personally I prefer the preventive regimen with Clonazepam rather than treating individual episodes- because I don’t like playing ‘catch up’ once the spasms start.
I hope some of that is helpful. I think doing both a medication intervention and looking at the root of the stress so you have more treatment avenues are both important.
Please let me know if I can be of any additional help. There are a lot of people here with vast MS wisdom 😉
Take care 💜,

8 months ago

I get the twitching eye thing too when I’m stressed 😩 it’s quite funny tho when little old dorris thinks your winking at her 😂 you’ll make a few old boys days anyway lass 😂

8 months ago

I know exactly where you are. My recommendation is simple really……talk to someone, talk to everyone.
It has worked for me this year. So far I was diagnosed with RRMS in April, separating from my wife, moved home, see the kids less and nearly lost my job, mot to mention all the MS symptoms too.
Do you know what, I am happy. Now i have my kids regularly, jobs good and my wife and I just weren’t ment to be. Having been through all of it I now feel I can tackle anything.
Think what you have been through to date, give yourself a pat on the back from getting this far, well done you! talking helps, going to the gym if you can do that too. I also now use CBD oil, as it can help with anxiety.
I’m on ocrevus and although I’ve felt lapses coming on, I have not had one, I have managed to get control of my mind and think positive. I have found it’s all in your mind .. for me anyway.
Dont get me wrong, there have been dark times but I also know that’s not me.
As previously mentioned, write down on here your Anxieties etc.
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions too. I feel after the year I have had, i am much stronger and I would like to pass on what I have learnt from it to help others.
You have passed the first step……writing about it on here already, it’s about moving forward, not looking back. You can do it.
Onwards and upwards

Hi there. Newly diagnosed here. Just wondering, is the eye twitching and the head buzzing an MS symptom? I’ve had these for years, tried explaining the head buzzing and noone understands what I mean x

8 months ago

@stacey_alexandra_slade , I believe that they could be. It could also be your body giving a message that you’re doing something it doesn’t like.

Are you over-tired or stressed at all?

Your MS Nurse should be your first point of contact for this kind of question and all things MS-related. We can provide advice, but it’s wise to talk to your MS Nurse too. Although at this time on a Friday evening, it won’t be possible……

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