I first asked a GP about my symptoms back in the late 80s and he told me he suspected a central nervous system disorder after doing the usual neurological tests GPs can do. He referred me to a neurologist.
The neurology appointment and consultation arrived early 1991 and he repeated the same tests the GP had done then said he was all for sending me for further investigations. He then asked me to wait in his side room while he took a look at my medical notes in case he missed something.
After 10 minutes or so he told me that after reading my notes he had decided that since all my symptoms were most likely due to mental health issues (anxiety because I was mum to 2 children with special needs),he felt further investigations weren't needed. I would no doubt get the same response now as I am currently caring for my husband who is terminally ill.
In the 30+years since, all of those symptoms have got a lot more noticeable and others have been added.My current GP knows about the new symptoms but I'm still know nearer getting a diagnosis than I was 30 years ago.
I have had friends accuse me of malingering as I have no diagnosis (dumped friends now) and when I was in a coma following a cardiac arrest four years ago, hospital staff told my husband and my son on different occasions that they thought I was a hypochondriac. I can only assume that this is on my medical records as I hadn't talked to any staff at that point.
I am currently working from home as a writer and also run a bunch of on-line stores so it's not like I am just a lazy so and so.
I'm really posting to say that acceptance without fighting for a diagnosis has simplified my life so much and I am a much calmer and happier person for doing this.
So a 2nd opinion has confirmed dx of RRMS some 18 months after the original dx. I'm still having trouble accepting it but admit I finally have to. Events and stress have exacerbated symptoms over the past few months and whilst I'm still not 100% convinced, it does seem more than coincidental that I should be feeling so unwell at possibly the worst time in my life.
I feel as though I've ground to a halt both physically and mentally right now. Have said goodbye to a job I recently started because I just can't make it into the office. Living on painkillers and alcohol, not a good combo I know, but helps me at the moment and to hell with the consequences.
I keep reading about the importance of looking after one's mental health and how it can affect / be affected by MS, but there seems very little support from an MS team point of view, ie there is no MH professional as part of the team. Has anyone else found this? It's all very well focussing on the physical aspects of MS and treatments, but not much good if the psychological side is ignored and ends up killing you first.
Probably should give the MS nurse a call but I don't want to be told it's another pseudo-relapse and made to feel as though I'm wasting her time. There's nothing they can do about it anyway. I feel very alone with this.
Despite years of attacks, multiple symptoms, MRI of brain showing lesions coming and going and involvement of the corpus callosum, I still cant get a diagnosis of MS from my neurologist - or a diagnosis of any kind! Needless to say I'm pretty frustrated. Do patients in the UK have similar problems obtaining a diagnosis? I live in a very isolated part of Ontario, Canada hundreds of miles away from a 'second opinion' so when a patient has only one neurologist serving a huge area, well....Any comment will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I've written a detailed letter to Neurologist today, asking if he can definitely confirm the dx of RRMS. I don't know why, but I just don't/can't accept that I have MS.
The first Neuro I saw was always very vague and non-committal, 'MS' was never actually mentioned. I always felt as though my symptoms were trivial and I was wasting his time. The way his letters were worded were also vague; 'ongoing tendency to inflammation or inflammatory problems in the CNS'.
Second Neuro conducted more tests and was a little more specific, but only one letter actually mentions MS, the others refer to 'two probable attacks in two years'. Doesn't exactly fill you with confidence does it...!
In the 'What is MS' booklet, it states that 'MS damages nerves in different parts of your brain and spinal cord. Where this damage is, will affect which parts of the body gets symptoms'. So, a Neurologist should be able to accurately confirm whether what symptoms a person is experiencing is down to MS or not (sure it's not that simple, but seems logical to me).
I have spoken to an MS Nurse briefly about this, and she has tried to reassure me that a Neuro wouldn't diagnose MS if they weren't sure; but given the persistent badgering on informing the DVLA of diagnosis and the potential impact on my earning ability if my driving licence were to be rescinded, I want to be absolutely sure that there is no doubt before I declare it officially.
Has anyone else felt like this? I really hope I'm not the only one to have serious doubts about their diagnosis.
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