I have a confession to make…

The last few weeks have been a little crazy. From 3 TV spots (details coming soon!), to last ditch MS Walk fundraising efforts to publicly launching my new business, I have to admit… I’m tired. 

The last few weeks have been nothing short of overwhelming – in the best way possible. But, let’s be honest, those events alone are enough to put any person a bit over the edge but add a 1 year old and MS to the mix, and you’ve got a bit of a situation… I admit, I may have overdone it.

Recently, I’ve had a lot of people ask me how I am able to juggle all of the above with ease, but the truth is, nothing is as easy or fluid as it seems. Behind the scenes, there’s a lot of coordinating, prioritizing, and yes, even craziness that happens. Frankly, I’m usually in bed by 7pm simply because I take any and every chance I get to relax when the baby is asleep for the night (as many parents know, it’s a sacred time!). I just need alone time to decompress even if that means working from my bedside with reality TV in the background. 

I’ve also realized that when I get overwhelmed or take on too much, something else happens… For the past two weeks, I’ve been experiencing odd feelings in my head. I call them “zingers”, random, spontaneous buzzings, and I often get cloudy, or as some MSer call it, “brain fog” (BTW – do any of you readers get this!? If so, I’d love to hear about your experiences). 

OK, so, bare with me while I try to elaborate because it’s not easy for me to explain but my head feels full and it’s hard for me to concentrate. Sometimes I also feel pressure on both sides of my head and it feels like someone is pushing my head together. I know, I know… it’s strange. I’ve learned over time that it’s often a sign that I’m experiencing too much stress or I need to slow down, but we all know just how much I hate to do that. It’s a struggle for me. 

So today, after my 3rd and final TV interview, I sat down and truly acknowledged to myself that I didn’t feel well. Something has been “off” for the past couple weeks and I’ve just tried to shake it off but I can’t anymore. I spoke to my neurologist about my experiences and he agreed that it was best to move up my scheduled MRI to make sure it’s nothing more serious. I’m hopeful it’s not but always best to be proactive, right? Always my motto anyway… So, I’m heading into to get an MRI this morning. Wish me luck! 

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14 thoughts on “I have a confession to make…

  1. Fingers crossed for a clean MRI! I have been experiencing the same “pressure” in my head these last couple of weeks–it’s hard to explain as you noted above but I think it’s because I’m recovering from an exacerbation but I know exactly what you’re talking about! Sometimes I just have to take a break and slow down whether it be going to bed an hour earlier or skipping my workout for the day…it’s amazing what a little rest can do! Looking forward to meeting you at the MS walk!

    1. Good (and bad) to know you’re experiencing something similar. It’s all so strange and confusing right? Thanks for the insights and yes, looking forward to meeting you!

  2. Good luck Angie, I wish for a clean MRI! 🍀When I’m more stressfull (I have to admit I’m a stressy person) I sometimes experience brain fog. The pressure you describe, not so much. I sometimes experience more headaches but that’s mostly on ‘that’ time of the month . I also get it while my eating schedule is a bit off.. To less vegetables and when worrying a lot. Well, I sleep a lot and work less hard and try to meditate to lower my stresslevels. But it’s a challenge. Thanks for this website and to show how to live life with ms. 🌼

    1. Thanks Fenna for sharing your experience and for your kind note. I really appreciate it! Wishing you the best

  3. Good luck Angie! I’ve had a few rough MS days this week, myself. Don’t forget the temperatures here keep radically spiking up & down!

  4. I totally understand what you are experiencing in fact I scheduled an apppointment with my neurologist because of this. Hope your MRI went well! Nice to hear that others experience this. Just makes you feel like you aren’t the ony one.

  5. Hi, I’ve just found your blog & I’m elated to have done so!
    I’m hoping only positivity for your MRI results!
    I have been diagnosed for nearly 8 yrs and can totally relate to your zinging and pressure in your head! That’s my sign to slow down, but how can you slow down more when you’ve already slowed down! Lol!
    Glad to have found you! Vix ❤💙💚💛💜

    1. So great to “meet” you!! Happy you found my blog too 🙂 Makes me feel better to know that someone else’s experiencing the same issues! I agree – think I need to slow down too.. easier said than done! Thanks for following along!

  6. If I’m stressed, my mind goes ablank. I can’t answer the simplest of questions, make the easiest of decisions or think of any words to say. I find myself holding my breath which probably doesn’t help and try not to be so frustrated with myself. I consider that to be my mental exhaustion or brain fog. Haven’t had physical zings. Be gentle with yourself and hope the MRI shows no progression. 🙂

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