Really interesting article. I’m possible MS (2 episodes but non-specific MRI findings) and I sleep like the dead - though my last job about 5 years ago I had to cope on 5 hours sleep a day because of travel and study.
In terms of stress and lifetime events well where do I start…
oct 2008 - my x partner attacks me (it ended up being a court case).
April 2011 my new partner loves me but is not sure he wants to marry me. His mother then who has cancer falls more ill and he moves to Denmark so relationship on hold and I’m supporting him through difficult time.
Sept 2011 I find out from the police his brother has been burned and killed in a car crash (he was 24). I have to break the news to him whilst he’s looking after his dying mother. The worst thing I’ve ever had to do! Completely horrific as I was close with his brother.
1 week later his mother dies. In the midst of this I also find out a girl who he had been keeping in touch and meeting with was his X (she was the love of his life in his late teens). I’d confronted him before early on in our relationship whether she was an X and he’d said no.
I was very upset as I felt I’d put everything on hold to support him, with no knowledge as to whether we had a future together and he had lied to me ( difficult as we are different religions and being 29 I had a lot of pressure from my family to meet guys and marry - someone of the same religion in particular). I would have no issues if he’d been truthful from the beginning about this girl being an X and them just being friends, but it made me doubt everything. Why had he lied? After going through a previous bad letting someone get close had been difficult and I felt he’d really let me down. Hard as of course he was going through his own turmoil losing all his family, so I couldn’t turn my back on him.
My life at the time felt like a bad soap opera!
My symptoms started unnoficially with L leg stiffness April 2011, neck spasm July 2011, then oct 2011 my 1st obvious symptoms that ended up with my neuro referral (parasthesia L hand and foot and L lip and chin, bladder issues).
Anyway there is a silver lining at the end of it. Me and my partner are getting married - it all came right in the end After going through so much we both realised we didn’t want to be without each other. But I have since still had further episodes and symptoms. So v happy with life/ career but health still declining. I have another review with my MS neuro end of sept - so hoping I can get some further answers and a clearer diagnosis.
So can life changing events and situations trigger off MS or MS relapses - I guess maybe, well it would fit with my situation anyhow if I eventually get a definite diagnosis.