Since announcing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October, Selma Blair has been incredibly open with fans about her health. She’s talked about having difficulty walking, issues with her voice, and losing her eyelashes, among other things. Now, she’s opening up about struggling with pain.
“I woke from troubling dreams. Drank some water, came to the window to feel the 3 am air on my face. Breathe in. Breathe out,” Blair wrote in a recent Instagram post, alongside a photo of herself hugging her son Arthur. “I have pain. My neck. My leg. My back. Breathe in breathe out. I am alive. We are in a change. A shift is happening. I am riding the wave of it.”
Blair said that she’s “comforted” by people who are “on this journey with me.” “I have the most beautiful part of my life right here. I am humbled and I hold it dear. Breathe it in. That is my proof,” she wrote.
Blair shared a follow-up post that featured a video of herself on her Alinker walking bike with her son, noting that the video was taken the day before. “Today was tough. I couldn’t get out,” she wrote. “I didn’t think I would be in this state of health with a young kid. I didn’t think I would ever need a cane or wheelchair or mobility aid until well into old age. But here we are.”
Multiple sclerosis is a disease marked by flares
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an often disabling disease of the central nervous system, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. When you have MS, your body’s immune system attacks nerve endings in the central nervous system, disrupting the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and body.
About 2.3 million people around the world have MS worldwide, according to National Multiple Sclerosis Society data, although the real figures may be higher due to underreporting.
People with MS often struggle with flares, where their symptoms either come on or worsen. The most common MS symptom is fatigue (about 80% of people with MS struggle with it), but pain is also common. About 55% of MS patients have had “clinically significant pain” at some time, and almost half had chronic pain, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society says.
Despite her pain, Blair has still managed to be lighthearted about things — she just shared an Instagram Story video of herself showing off false eyelashes and singing “I Feel Pretty.”
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