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15 Words That Mean Something Different When You Have Relapsing MS

Tired = not an excuse to get out of plans.

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2. Tired

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What it usually means: Run-down, out of energy.

What it means to someone with MS: When your body and/or mind has had its fill and demands a break — not just an excuse. See also: fatigue, lethargy, lassitude.

3. Fog

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What it usually means: A weather condition in which water particles hang in the air low to the ground.

What it means to someone with MS: A lapse in memory; to have something on the tip of your tongue; an all-too-often and frustrating occurrence also known as "cog fog."

4. Temperature

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What it usually means: A measure of warmth or the lack thereof.

What it means to someone with MS: What you might consider your worst enemy, especially during winter or summer.

5. Sensitive

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What it usually means: To be easily affected.

What it means to someone with MS: How you usually feel, especially when temperature, stress, and other people who lack empathy are involved.

6. Trigger


What it usually means: Something that causes something else to happen.

What it means to someone with MS: Something that prompts a relapse of a symptom or symptoms. Heat and stress are two common examples.

7. Pain

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What it usually means: Occasional discomfort.

What it means to someone with MS: Discomfort that exhibits itself physically and/or emotionally. Intensity and duration may vary.

8. Flare

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What it usually means: A flame or flash of light usually used as a signal.

What it means to someone with MS: With "-up," a serious part of MS that can stop you in your tracks but that may be made less frequent with the right treatment.

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What it usually means: A member of an organized athletic team or squad who encourages teams and individuals.

What it means to someone with MS: Your care partner, friends, and family — aka the people who understand when you're feeling sick and celebrate when you're feeling better.

When you're living with multiple sclerosis, words take on a new meaning.

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