What I wish I knew about Multiple Myeloma treatments 25 years later...

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Can Multiple Myeloma Cause Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder aka PTSD?

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Symptoms (of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) may include severe anxiety, guilt, isolation insomnia, nightmares, depression, agitation, flashbacks, and declines in memory and concentration…

I am a long-term survivor and cancer coach of a blood cancer called multiple myeloma. By writing about a side effect of MM I am not trying to compare myself to veterans of war. When I read the study linked below my only intention was to write about a side effect that I have identified in myself that I think other MM survivors may experience as well.

When the study below talks about enhanced brain response to slight changes to deviant tones or anxiety or agitation I have several reactions. First of all, I recognize those emotions in me. I know that I didn’t jump at deviant tones, or experience anxiety or agitation until I had lived with MM for 5-10 years first.

Further, the study below explains that the declines in memory or concentration that I attributed to chemobrain may be challenges that may be exaserbated by PTSD.

This is all to say that we MMers must be aware of probable changes to our brain funtions caused by either/or chemobrain or PTSD. Once we have identified these possible side effects our challange is to heal them. Or at least help these side effects as much as we can from affecting our day to day lives.

I take a number of supplements that are said to be brain-healthy. Or, depending on the study you read, supplemenets that reduce my risk of cognitive decline. After supplementation I am a believer in frequent, moderate exercise and brain games, again, also to enhance my brain health.

I can’t say that any of these therapies directed at my brain health will ease my PTSD. I will blog again if and when I find studies that support that.

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, let me say this loud and clear:

It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.

I am alive today largely because I took the time to find out everything I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.

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David Emerson

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PTSD Patients Show Heightened Sensitivity to Deviant Sounds

“In a new study, scientists may have discovered a neurobiological marker that could help identify patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They found that individuals with PTSD show an enhanced brain response to slight changes in tone.

Using an electroencephalogram (EEG) — a test that detects electrical activity in a person’s brain via electrodes attached to their scalp — researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Amsterdam studied the brain activity of a group of thirteen patients with PTSD. They then compared these results to those of individuals who had experienced a similar trauma but had not gone on to develop PTSD.

“We know that a symptom of PTSD can be heightened sensory sensitivity,” said Dr. Ali Mazaheri of the University of Birmingham’s School of Psychology and Centre for Human Brain Health…

“What we found was that patients who had developed PTSD showed enhanced brain responses to deviant tones, suggesting their brain over-processed any change in the environment. Importantly we found the more enhanced their response was, the more poorly they performed on cognitive tests looking at memory.”

PTSD can be triggered from numerous traumatic events including serious road accidents, violent personal assaults, witnessing violent deaths, military combat, being held hostage, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters. Symptoms may include severe anxiety, guilt, isolation insomnia, nightmares, depression, agitation, flashbacks, and declines in memory and concentration.

“These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life. Therefore it is vital that we find new ways to treat the condition and also assess treatment outcomes,” said Professor Miranda Olff of the University of Amsterdam and Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group.

Approximately one in every ten people who suffer a traumatic experience will go on to develop PTSD. The disorder can develop immediately after the traumatic event or it can begin weeks, months or even years after the event…

“What’s more, this study is very unique in that it compared PTSD patients with a control group of those that also suffered similar trauma but didn’t develop PTSD, rather than a control group who had no trauma or PTSD — this really allows us to look at what triggers PTSD following significant trauma…”

 

 

 

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