We’ve talked a lot in various articles about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and arthritis, both problems that can adversely affect simple activities of every day living, such as picking up a pen and writing.
Another disease process that results in the same challenges is Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
About 400,000 people in the United States suffer from this debilitating disease. The definition of MS is:”a demyleninating disease that affects the central nervous system” (the brain and spinal cord nerves). What does this mean?
Myelin is what actually insulates the nervous system, and is what allows the nerves to transmit impulses – much like the covering of an electric wire. When it is intact, impulses travel along nerves quickly and efficiently, allowing us to perform rapid and smooth coordinated movements with ease. When this insulating myelin is lost, the ability of the body to perform coordinated movements is compromised.
It’s now generally accepted that MS is an “autoimmune disease” which is a situation when the body’s own immune system attacks itself. Although science has made great strides in understanding MS, what triggers it is still unknown.
The symptoms of MS that each individual experiences at any given time can vary. As the Multiple Sclerosis Association explains:
One person may experience abnormal fatigue and episodes of numbness and tingling. Another could have loss of balance and muscle coordination making walking difficult. Still another could have slurred speech, tremors, stiffness, and bladder problems
Do you notice a common thread, though? Symptoms such as episodes of numbness and tingling, loss of muscle coordination, tremors, and stiffness – all are problems that will manifest fairly frequently in the hand. MS patients can also experience weakness in the hand, and even pain.
One of the most important things for you, as an MS patient, to do is to continue living as normal a life as possible. And finding things that can help you manage is paramount. My UGLee Pen is one such managing tool. When you are having trouble grasping a writing utensil, switch to my pen – it holds on to you instead.
As one reviewer of my pen said, “I have MS and I have tried at least twenty pens, some of them very expensive. The UGLee Pen is the BEST! – and it’s inexpensive, too!”