Can't find a logical explanation...anyone help?

Ok this is really weird - not sure if it’s a symptom of MS or it’s just one of those weird things you never find a reason for…hopefully others will chip in and I might start to figure it out. It’s also not a big deal really - just annoying.

I always use lip salve type stuff. Have done for many many years. Hence I don’t usually have any problem with dryness of my lips. However - for the last few months and every 2-3 weeks there will be a day where my lips just feel intensely sore for no reason…the skin on my lips feels weird. A day later - and it doesn’t matter whether i’ve slept with my lips in a jar of vaseline - the skin goes hard and starts to peel off. Once it’s all peeled off it’s ok for another few weeks again.

It’s also not the whole of the lips…there’s quite a large area of the lower lip (about half) and a smaller portion of the upper lip (about a quarter)…always in the same place.

I cannot logically think it’s something to do with MS (although i’ve never heard anyone say that MS is logical anyway) but I cannot for the life of me think what it could be.

Can anyone help me to shed some light on this? I do know it’s a minor piddly little annoyance - but it’s MY minor piddly annoyance and I’d like to try and figure it out.


Hi Jules, can’t say if it’s ms related or not but a few weeks after I was dx I got excema in my ears and it has plagued me ever since. That was 8 years ago and I keep on top of it with e45 cream but it is a right pain. I also have blepheritis on my eyelids and I bathe my eyes in a solution of baby shampoo which keeps it under control.

Why this happened I don’t know as I went 50 years with no skin complaints at all.

Personally I think it started because of stress after my dx. Just keep on with the lip balm can’t say if it will disappear or not.

Mags xx

I’ve started with an itchy right eyelid…and the front of my neck. Weird stuff! lol

I do not know your other symptoms but it could be you have not MS.

It is only a possibility but I would ask your GP if you have been if not could you be tested for Sjogrens.

Good luck.


Thanks for that George…forgot to mention that I have RRMS so I doubt it’s Sjogrens. Just cannot figure out any reason for it but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was MS…bloody awful condition with lots of weird symptoms lol