An electric feeling

One of the many symptoms of MS I had yet to experience has struck with full force. Those electric shock sensations, also known as l’Hermittes sign or Barber Chair Phenomenon, had up until now only fleetingly bothered me, lasting no more than a couple of seconds each time.

I was helping a friend strip wallpaper over the weekend (I know, the excitement!), when they started up. A bit like labour pains, there was some time between each to start with, but they slowly increased until it was an almost continuous pain. I won’t bore you with the details, but the sensation was so odd and so bizarrely painful, I laid down my tools, got in the car and slowly drove home, a journey made more difficult as I couldn’t move my head and a tractor had broken down in the middle of the road.

And there’s the nub. Just when you think you have MS under control, it decides to stick a hand in its big bag of symptoms and chuck another one at you. It’s amazing what you can come to regard as normal – the tiredness, the dodgy walking, the balance problems, the twitching, the numb hands, the overwhelming desire to stuff my face with chocolate – and you adjust your life accordingly. Everything is as good as it can be, until something like this knocks you back to square one again.

I have been wondering though, how did MS’ers describe the pain before electricity was invented?

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3 thoughts on “An electric feeling

  1. I imagine “shocked” was still a descriptive word, as in “He was shocked to learn the truth.”

    I’ve never heard of the barber chair phenomonon, but I think I used to get it every time my hair was cut. To this day I hate having my hair cut. I’ll be googling it.

  2. desertdenial says:

    This is probably one of my least favorite MS issues to deal with. My daughter came up with a super hero name for me relating to this “Lightening Momma”. I’ll post it soon. Probably the most frustrating symptom that rears its ugly head and any given moment. Hang in there doll!

  3. I’m hanging in – thank god it’s now passed. Til the next time, eh?!

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