MS symptoms: Fear of the Known

imagesForget the fear of the unknown, what about the fear of the known? When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis the doctor instructed me not to read anything about MS to prevent phantom symptoms. So I followed his advice for many years until another physician fell on the floor when he discovered the counsel I had received. Then I read here & there and checked my symptoms on forums, blogs and medical sites to see if other people with MS had experienced them. I never did research on multiple sclerosis. Never deliberately learned about potential attacks I wasn’t experiencing. Let me tell you, it isn’t pretty. That’s where the fear of the known comes in.

I must admit, my investigation on sources and types of MS pain for the’s series on pain in May, has me questioning. Do I really want to know this? Is knowledge really power if it means worrying about what hasn’t happened? What other pockets of knowledge am I about to stumble on if I keep writing this blog? Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

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Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.