Posted 12/5/2006 7:26 AM (GMT -6)
Well, you already know I'm "not a doctor nor a medical professional". Well, I'm not a scientist, either!
But I do ascribe to Occam's Razor, a theory that says, "when you have more than one competing answer to a problem, look for the simplest explanation first, and it's more likely accurate." Well, at least that's the version my first neuro taught me.
What's my point? We already have a complex chronic disease (or diseases). Let's not ascribe everything to the disease, especially if there is a simpler, more evident answer that can resolve it. Another way of talking about this is something another doctor told me: "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras!". In other words, eliminate all the obvious and common reasons for something, and if that doesn't work, then start digging deeper.
Now of course this can be taken too far, and we've all encountered doctors or other people who are dismissive of symptoms, "...oh, that's just.... (fill in blank: anxiety, headache, body ache). EVERYBODY has that!!"
But also remember that the skeptic may just be right! It MAY just be a common problem, that everybody has, and there is a relatively simple solution.
So if you get a new strange "symptom"...step back a bit from it, and examine it. Could it indeed be something relatively common, relatively ordinary, that people just deal with because it's part of being alive? Like...an itchy scalp might just be dry skin, and if the skin is flaky, dandruff...nothing to do with MS, just dandruff. Or the spider running up the leg might just be a spider...I slaughtered one just the other day that set up housekeeping under my desk. Or a sore back because backs are notorious fragile, sometimes, and even the slightest movement can trigger sciatica...and so on.
That's what I try to do, certainly for myself, and when I read others posts: Is there a common ordinary explanation for what I'm experiencing? If so, what should I do about it? (Like, "back the heck up out of here(my desk), grab a vacuum, and suck up momma and her next of babies!!") And then do it. If that doesn't solve the problem, then dig deeper.
Anyway. I found the article while I was wasting time doing something else, and thought I'd share..
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....