Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fire On The Mountain

I always loved that song.  It has a nice easygoing sound.  It is relaxing and pleasant.
Unfortunately the song came to mind during a rather strange happening today.  I was standing at the sink (peeling shrimp!) and my back started to burn like someone had lit a match to it.  It felt like a really bad sunburn for about thirty minutes and then eased off.  I have felt this before, but not as intense.
Many people with MS have burning sensations, usually in their legs or bottom of their feet.  My legs often feel like they are badly burned, but this is the first time my back has been that bad.
According to the MS website, this type of pain is neurological in origin.  It is caused by lesions of the nervous system, peripheral or central, and it involves sensations, whether spontaneous or evoked, such as burning, itching, electric shock, and pins and needles.  Wikipedia  describes it as having  been described as feeling like acid under the skin. A patient suffering from dysesthesia can find it to be unbearable at times. Dysesthetic burning has been called "Dante-esque" pain. The terminology used to describe it is usually interchangeable with descriptions of Hell in classic literature. It is the "bluntest" pain of which the human body is capable, and is characterized by the absence of accurate discriminative information.
However one describes it, it is uncomfortable, to say the least.  I love the song, but feeling it on your body is not a pleasant thing.  Makes one want to call the fire department…………..

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