Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Dr. Pepper, Not What The Doctor Ordered For MS

I have posted before about how much my wife loves her Dr. Pepper. This has been an ongoing battle for her to break the addiction, but the other day she had a totally different issue. She has been watching her diet and controlling her fat intake, just like when she was on the Swank diet, but she still drinks a Dr. Pepper occasionally. She went to the coke machine a few days ago to get a drink for me and for her. She set her Dr. Pepper on the top of the coke machine and when she reached down to get my drink out of the machine, the can fell off the top and onto the side of her head. It really stung her and the area immediately bumped up and hurt. Within 30 minutes not only was it hurting but the whole side of her head was going numb. Within another 30 minutes or so, the side of her face was loosing feeling.

All of this over a Dr. Pepper! We both knew that she needed to do something or the numbness would continue to spread and cause more issues. She called a new massage therapist she is trying and went to see her that afternoon. After the massage, she had all her feeling back and was doing much better. It still amazes both of us that something as simple as a soda can falling on your head would start her body to reacting, but we have seen so many weird things through the years that we aren't surprised, just amazed. She has been more careful with the soda machine now, but it was just another reminder that something simple can create bigger issues if left untreated.


Diane J Standiford said...

Funny, but a good reminder.

Jessica said...

That's interesting. Several months ago, I walked into a door and hit my nose fairly hard. I was in pain and lightheaded and numb and I think blacked out for a few seconds right after, and it took several hours before feeling a bit better. I thought it was just because I hit it pretty hard, but maybe what would be no big deal for people without MS can be a big deal for people with it. Just one more reason to move slowly and be as careful as possible.

Patrick@Caregivingly Yours said...

The absolute weirdness of cause and effect with MS symptoms never ceases to amaze me. Thank you both for sharing such a moment.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick