Hyper-sensitivity, irritibility

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   Posted 4/25/2009 1:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Steph,

This is in reply to your question but I started a new topic just because I think that it is really important.

I am generally quite even tempered but have found in the past 5 years I have had a few irritable flares to stupidity (usually my poor husband) or frustration (like trying to untangle coat hangers).

The interesting thing is since I got a baclofen pump to deal with the pain & spasticity I am no longer irritable. Can even handle back seat driving with a smile. I wondered if anyone has found that taking oral baclofen does the same. wink
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.
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   Posted 4/25/2009 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
You mean it's just not me that gets so irritable at times? with me its when I'm really fatigued...I'll bite your head off! thing is I'm not really sure when the irritability quotient is high so I can prepare myself to stay calm..

I have snapped at the wrong times... After work I always go home to nap, and that helps a lot, but I hate wasting time taking a nap....I feel like I'm either 8 or 88
It seemed like a good idea at the time

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   Posted 4/25/2009 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there All!
Popsie, was that me (Steph57) to whom you responded? Given my attitude the past few weeks, I wouldn't be surprised if I did post something but forgot to request e-mail notification of replies, so I bow in appreciation to you for starting this thread. My mood is still the same and there's NO support on the home front. I feel I've been whining so much that I'm giving myself a headache!
Really tired right now, plus cranky and hungry. I must go do something about this (something legal!!) I'll post more when my blurry vision is more clear.
Thanks again for the thread!

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   Posted 4/27/2009 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
I think irritability just comes with chronic illness. Sometimes we are very hard on ourselves and expect too much when we deal with so much and don't allow ourselves to be human. I am a very happy positive person but find some days you just have to feel what you feel and be ok with it. I do allow myself to attend the occasional pity party as long as I don't invite too many friends or stay too long!!! :-)

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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   

Good morning - irritable....oh yes, you are not alone.  I can be humming along, and just out of no where, become irritated, frustrated, etc.  And unfortunately, the person who happens to be within ear shot get the load.  then I feel bad, and then I feel ashamed, and then I feel depressed.   I believe that this is the key word here, Depression.  Without even knowing - u could have some creep up on you.  I thought depression always was related to sadness, etc. but since being dx with MS, and noting the depressed moods that I get once in awhile, I began to research depression, as it relates to MS, and was surprised to find that it is common, and some of the symptoms (moe so then sadness) were bout of anxiety, frustration, irritability, and then lashing out to someone.  Bit of an emotional roller coaster...of course sometimes inappropriate laughter and at times the tears flow for really no reason at all.

I find that when I am irritable, and knowing now what will happen (like saying something stupid to someone) I will remove myself from the situation, sit and relax, take an ativan to reduce the anxiety that is associated to this, go for a walk and clear my head, things like that.  Seems to work for me, for the most part.


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