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Diary of MS - Symptoms to diagnosis

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Diary of MS - Symptoms to diagnosis


I'm feeling quite tingly all over today

It's really quite nice in a strange sort of way

But then the numbness creeps in, the tingling goes

And all of a sudden I can't feel my toes


By mid-afternooon it has spread to my knees

Best go to the Doctor

''An appointment please''


''Let's wait and see as I haven't a clue. It'll probably get better, or it may just be flu''

Two days later and still feeling numb

Back to the Doctor, (As advised by my Mum)


''Altered sensations,

That's what you've got,

It'll sort itself out''

Has he lost the plot?


The next week, I'm back

And at last my GP says

''See a Neurologist''

(Whatever that may be)


There's a 3-month wait?

Oh well what's money for?

The very next week

I'm knocking at his door


He prods me and pokes me with hammers and pins

He tests me for weakness and guess what, he wins

You'll need a Lumbar Puncture and an MRI scan

At last someone believes me, he's a very nice man!


The scan comes back normal, so I must be OK

But first there's the spinal, Oh please go away

Inflammation shows up in my spinal cord

''It may come back'' I'm told ''Of it's own accord''


''Now if it comes back, and it probably will

Then you'll have MS, but not until

So you've probably got it, but then maybe not

Don't think about it'', well at least not a lot


A few months have gone by and the tingles come back

This time in my arms and a little round the back

The bathroom it seems is my favourite place

And suffice to say I'm not washing my face!


So back to the Neurologist, that very nice man

Who says ''Well; this is it'' (As nice as he can)

So here I am with ''official'' MS

How will it progress?

Well that's anyones guess


Live day to day, you can't alter fate

If you're tired, go to sleep, the washing can wait

One thing I know, and I hope you can see

I've got MS, but it's not having me!


© By Vivien Mitchell

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(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Really like that poem Marina. Thanks, :howdy: Norma

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That's excellent and a good account


Well done the author, :howdy:



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What a great way of putting it, I think I will print a copy off for some others!


Ron :howdy:

ppms, dx 2001

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That says it all, really. I liked it.


Hils :howdy:

If you can meet with triumph and disaster...and treat those two imposters just the same...

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Brilliant,says it all :howdy::hello::clap2:


bfn Angela


Give a woman the right shoes and she can conquer the world! Bette Midler.



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Eh oh,


That poem is fantastic and I was wondering, me being cheely like, if I could use it for the newsletter ? Of course I will tell everyone about the lovely lady who wrote it. I do hope it's ok and I will wait and see before pinching it :)




You need both the sun and the rain to make a rainbow appear

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Sian, course you can use it, as long as the copyright credit is with it :flowers2:


By the way, what newsletter would it be for? Is it one you run yourself?


(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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Brilliant its just like i feel :hehehe: i really don't feel alone now :thumbsup::rant:



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Marina, Its a brilliant poem - I was wondering if you wrote a lot of poems at this time of your life. I ask because I did and have always wondered if its a way of coping and getting our feelings in order - some of mine were ms related and others were from the topical news of the day. Its strange cause for that brief time of my life it was easy but I cant do it now.



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Oooh, Lucky, I didn't write it - it's by Vivien Mitchell.


(belated DX in June '05, SPMS)

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