I am still managing to run and I'm eight years diagnosed, strongly believe my life style has been a saviour for me. I think Weight training is also essential, think it helps to keep gait problems under control to some degree.
I haven't had just as good a year, a number of flare ups and some long lasting but, each time I'm able to return to running, it's frustrating as it can feel like starting from scratch some of the time.
My Gait is certainly an issue as it does cause injury you have to pay attention to that and not push on to much, difficult I know, but you can end up with knee, ankle hip problems that are painful.
I did invest in a treadmill last year, which I have got use to using, I feel more secure and not as exposed as when I'm outdoors, but I'm determined to run for as long as its physically possible. Don't let people put you off running because you ahve MS as many will, I've managed for 8 years maybe not as many miles 10 -12 per week now, but I can still do it, Tortoise and the Hare is what I believe in, keep on running Happy Bunny!
Great to hear from someone in the same boat, not that it's great having MS, it's a real nuisance. Regard myself very lucky that I have no major disability and have been disganosed a few years now, so things are looking good, the longer without relapse the more positive the outcome hopefully, keeping fingers crossed. Have worked with someone who became severley disabled in a very short space of time, so I am forever grateful that hasn't happened to me, also a close friend who also has a fairly high degree of disability but manages to soldier on despite everything.
Truly believe keeping as fit as possible helps, there will be times that it's simply not possible, but when you can, go for it, the stronger you are helps you through the times you can't function fully. Swimming to keep you cardio strong is good and much easier on you,so in the bad times swim. All those numb bits and pins and needlesthe dragging leg or legs etc they are really irritating, but I just carry on you get use to it sort of.
Keep on running I have, it does your sole good, even if I am slower than I want to be, who cares, never judge a book by the cover if people knew what you were struggling against they would applaud you so keep on running!
Been running for a while but whenever I hit the1 hour mark I start to feel the dreaded cramps in the pit of my stomach.
It is a real nuisance, as soon after I feel I have to go and that ain't always convenient, what do other runners do? it's prevented me from doing anything more than 10k race, well you know, who wants that to strike in public!
I've read plenty of entrys on other runners suffering this, but does anyone know why it happens and what can I do to prevent it?
I see it's some years since you made this post, just interested to hear how you are getting on ?
I also have MS and have continued to run, although there are times when it is tuff going - if I can compare it to anything, I have two very good friends both with MS friendships way exceed our MS diagnoses. We all have very different life styles,I am without doubt the least affected so far, is it down to exercise and a very clean life style or is it just the straw you draw? don't know.
I wonder often if tomowrrow will be very different, but I'm just going to keep going until I can't.
Got myself out again, before I lost all confidence,(waited till it was dark!) had a good plate of porridge couple of hours before hand, slowed the pace down and just relaxed, before I knew it I WAS 8 K DOWN AND FEELING GOOD!! managed to push on but left it at 10k and tried very hard to ignore the time it took me,(not easy) that was enough and more than I had previously ran.
Hope it was just a blip, and that I will just get stronger and stronger.
Like they say "Common sense aint always common" I just couldn't see the wood for the trees! you just need someone else to tell you what should be obvious.