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Kadeena Cox will have to ‘work hard’ to manage MS

Paralympian Kadeena Cox entering the I’m A Celebrity castle is welcome news for the 130,000 people living in the UK who also suffer from MS.

Kadeena has been open about her MS, which is caused by your immune system mistakenly attacking the brain and nerves.

ED! spoke exclusively to the MS Society, of which the star is an ambassador.

And they told us she will have to “work hard” to manage the “invisible symptoms” of her MS while at the castle.

Kadeena opened up about her MS during her time on I’m A Celebrity. (ITV)

I’m A Celebrity news: How will Kadeena’s MS affect her time at the castle?

Sarah Rawlings, executive director of research and external affairs at the MS Society, told ED! “MS fatigue” could affect him during his time on the show.

“Kadeena talked about living with MS-related fatigue.

Read more: When was Kadeena Cox diagnosed with MS?

“Although MS is unpredictable and different for everyone, fatigue is one of the most common invisible symptoms of MS – not to be confused with ordinary tiredness you might feel at the end of a working day.

“Fatigue can affect people in different ways. From having heavy limbs to feeling extremely tired after very little activity. People with MS, like Kadeena, have to work hard to manage this chronic symptom.

“With limited energy reserves, Kadeena will need to listen to her body and balance her activities in the castle,” Sarah said.

So, does Kadeena’s condition somehow put her at a disadvantage compared to the other contestants?

“No two people with MS are the same. Those living with it may have different symptoms at different times,” Sarah said.

“This unpredictability means Kadeena will need to be aware of triggers, such as stressful situations and overwork.

“But it’s something the four-time Paralympic gold medalist is used to. She is an expert in managing her own MS.

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The MS Society said Kadeena is an ‘expert’ in managing her symptoms. (ITV)

Living with MS in the cold, I’m a celebrity castle

Kadeena has previously explained how the heat can affect her symptoms. But what about the freezing cold of the castle?

“MS affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which can make daily activities like walking, talking, eating and thinking difficult. For some people, certain temperatures can trigger symptoms,” Sarah told us.

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“Many people with MS realize they are affected by heat, including Kadeena who has spoken about it publicly. But that doesn’t mean the cold won’t affect her.

We know that so many in the community will be extremely grateful to Kadeena for bringing vital awareness to the reality of the disease.

“It’s less common for people with MS to be sensitive to cold. But some find it a problem and notice that sensory symptoms or mobility issues worsen when they are cold.

“Even some people who are generally more affected by heat may notice that their muscles are stiffer in the cold.

“Low temperatures can cause spasms – something Kadeena talked about – or a feeling of tightness in the muscles.

“As with heat, these changes are usually temporary. And if you can find a comfortable temperature, these short-term effects should pass.

Will Kadeena be crowned queen of the castle?

Sarah also spoke about what it would mean for the 130,000 people with MS in the UK and seeing Kadeena on screen.

“We know that so many in the community will be extremely grateful to Kadeena for bringing vital awareness to the reality of the disease,” she said.

“We are extremely proud to have Kadeena as an ambassador for the MS Society and we are all behind her, hoping that she will be crowned queen of the castle! »

Call the MS Society free of charge on 0808 800 8000 or visit mssociety.org.uk to find out more.

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