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Thursday, March 30, 2017

MS Voices: What Triggers Your Sensory Overload?

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Written by Kareem Yasin
Medically Reviewed by Deborah Weatherspoon, PhD, RN, CRNA, COI on March 15, 2017

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have symptoms that aren’t talked about very much. One of these is sensory overload. When surrounded by too much noise, exposed to too many visual stimuli, or put in new or loud environments, many people with MS report experiencing confusion, fatigue, and pain.

Sometimes, sensory overload is related to myoclonus, a stimulus-sensitive symptom that can cause involuntary jerking of muscles.
We asked our MS community on Facebook what their triggers for sensory overload are. Read on to see what they said.


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“Noise in closed areas, such as parties, classrooms, malls, stores, etc. As long as I can leave the environment, I will be OK.” — Esther D., living with MS
“Noise! I can feel like my head is collapsing.” — Rhonda L., living with MS
“Noise of any sort. My cat meowing at me can freak me out at times." — Amy M., living with MS
“Someone chewing crunchy stuff.” — Deanna L., living with MS
“I get overwhelmed with too much background noise, especially if someone is trying to talk to me. And with two small kids, there is always background noise!” — Brandi M., living with MS
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes I know what this feels like OVERwelming, overloading, tiring.
Can be too much NOISE, SMELLS, VISUAL, or TASTE information.
On a very fatigued day it can affect more than 1 of my "senses".
Boohoo... but usually settles after a period of quiet relaxed retreat. ��