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Selma Blair: What are the symptoms of MS?

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Selma Blair revealed back in October that she had been diagnosed with MS. Pic credit: @selmablair/Instagram

Selma Blair announced back in October of this year that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

She shared the news in an Instagram post, where she wrote that she was disabled, that she falls sometimes, and that her memory is foggy.

This week she posted an Instagram update showing her crying after being reunited with her horse for the first time in more than four months. She had not been able to see him due to her MS symptoms.

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This happened. My magical unicorn, #mrnibbles , held my body while I broke open with gratitude. I haven’t been able to ride for four months or more. I haven’t been able to get to him, so my saint of a trainer, @kjrides brought him to me. It was a fairytale. My horse in my front yard, with more emotions than these words can hold. The gratitude. Thank you #cellardoorequestrian for knowing when I needed you the most. I will heal. I will ride. But until then I will hold onto this feeling and post pictures whenever we all need to believe people will move mountains and horses to help us heal. Thank you @lyon_hearted for arranging this. All my love ❤️ @cellardoorequestrian , my angels. #tearsofjoy 😥 #mystory

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The National Institutes of Health explains that multiple sclerosis, also simply known as MS, is a neurological disease that happens when the brain doesn’t communicate properly with other parts of the body.

But what symptoms do people who have the condition experience?

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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. 🖤 my instagram family… you know who you are.

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According to Health Line, MS can have unpredictable symptoms. Mild symptoms can include things such as fatigue and numbness, while severe symptoms could include paralysis, vision loss, and even diminished brain function. Blair points out in her Instagram post above that her left side is like a broken GPS, asking for directions.

Health Line reveals that common early signs of multiple sclerosis include vision problems, tingling and numbness, pains and spasms, weakness and fatigue, balance problems, dizziness, bladder issues, sexual dysfunctions, and cognitive problems.

According to Women’s Health Magazine, Selma actually thought she had a pinched nerve as she saw a doctor. The website reports that the main difference between a pinched nerve and MS is that a pinched nerve is often in a specific area of the body. MS, however, can cause a whole area, such as half the body, or a limb to go numb.

Blair has revealed that she has actually experienced symptoms for years. In her Instagram post where she announced the news, she thanked the producers at Netflix for understanding her situation and helping her through this rough time. In her post, she explains that she guesses that she’s had the disease for 15 years and she’s happy that she now knows what she’s dealing with.

There are 400,000 people in the United States who suffer from MS. Around 2.1 million people have the disease worldwide. Jack Osbourne, Montel Williams, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler have spoken out about having the disease.


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