I’m just looking for some advice really. My partner, Michael, was diagnosed in January with episodic MS. It was a huge shock as he’d had no symptoms before. He’s 27 years old, usually goes to the gym every night & played football at the weekends, so we were totally taken aback when he was diagnosed…I’d actually told the neurologist that she’d got it wrong! Since his diagnosis in Jan, he’s had no follow up appointments or support from anyone at the hospital - he was given 3 days worth of steroids, and then sent home.
It took him about 8 weeks to get back to some sort of normality after his first episode, however, he is now having a relapse. He was admitted to hospital on Thursday (18th) morning, they done an MRI scan which shows more lesions and that it has progressed quicker than they thought it would - I still don’t fully understand it all to be honest. The neurologist had him put on a drip of steroids for 3 days (which have now finished), although he seems to be getting worse, not better. They have said that there’s an MS specialist usually based in Oxford who will be able to advise on treatment, but she’s on holiday this week, so we need to wait until she returns on the 29th! They’re keeping him in this week, until the specialist returns, to start physio - although he can’t move so not too sure how that’s going to work.
We’re just growing more & more concerned as we’re due to fly out to Las Vegas in 5 weeks to get married. We were hoping that treatment would be started and that he’d at least be showing signs of improvement by now. He’s unable to hold his own weight or use his arms & hands, they’ve told us that he has a large legion on his diaphragm which is affecting his breathing. We’re worried that while we’re waiting for the specialist to return from her holiday, Michael’s symptoms will become permanent? Would starting treatment sooner help his recovery? Also, they’ve told us that it’s progressed quite quickly in 4 months, would this still be classed as episodic MS?
Thanks in advance