I had my diagnosis at the beginning of September. It was a relief as I’ve been having problems for years with no one knowing what was wrong with me. They were treating me for a drop foot and I’ve been unable to drive for a couple of years as it’s my right foot.
I can’t have an MRI, as I have a pacemaker. Eventually I was referred to neurology and a lovely consultant had me have a CT scan of my brain.
He found there were some lesions on the scan and diagnosed MS.
It explains a lot I have nerve pain in my right foot, my right legs doesn’t work as it should and neuralgia pain in my face and head. I’ve had some of these symptoms for years and they think I’ve had MS for years. I had a numbness episode in my legs 10 years ago and also 20 years ago.
The week before my diagnosis I decided I was going to sell my house and move closer to my Mum. Therefore, not only am I dealing with my diagnosis but moving, after 20 years in my current house.
I’ve told my Mum and a couple of close friends but not other people as I’m not sure I could cope with their reaction.
The local MS group have regular meetings but again I’m not ready to go. I’m going to a session next week for people who have been newly diagnosed not sure what to expect.
I’ve never known anyone with MS not sure what it’s going to do to me or how I’ll cope.
At the moment I am working with the positives. I know what it is and can be managed correctly. I’m going to get a driving assessment to let me drive again (an adapted car). I’m going to move to a new house, to a lovely place which will give me some peace and quiet rather than in the middle of suburbia.
In my low moments I ring the MS helpline and they always give me good advice and make me feel better.