I am not sure if anyone can help, but I am feeling a bit scared about the possibility of MS.
My symptoms started suddenly but are very mild in comparison - started as pins and needles down one side when I woke up, and wrong messages (eg hot things felt cold, the slightest touch felt painful) and then ended up as numbness from about my ribs downwards (when my doctor stuck a pin in it felt like the end of a finger instead). They are much better now in that the numbness has gone, and I have tried to ignore the MS possibility that has been raised by my doctor and confirmed as a possibility (but only a possibility) by the neurologist. I have been for one MRI and have been asked to go back for a second of my brain and the cervical part of my spine as the first one showed some “increased activity” in places (which I still don’t understand really - increased activity of what?).
I know this is all quite minor but for some reason I am not coping very well with it, and am paranoid about waking up with something new having gone wrong. To put this in context a bit, my youngest child (daughter) has a rare chromosomal problem, sufferers of which usually die within a few days of birth (which is what we were told on diagnosis at 3 days old). She is 2 years 4 months old and a delight - it hasn’t all been easy - 2 operations, and hospital admissions about once a month all of last year including an intensive care trip for pneumonia. She has developmental delay but is making great progress.
Why is this relevant? Because I am coping with all of that, we have got on and created a life which is as normal as possible, partly to give our eldest (son) as normal and happy childhood as possible, and to help him grow up securely so he can cope if the worst happens. I work part time (self employed), we go on great holidays, we do normal family things.
But as soon as MS was mentioned I have gone to pieces! Really to pieces. And yet it might not even be that, and my symptoms are really trivial compared to many people’s.
So any advice, help, words of wisdom would be much appreciated :).