This morning I went to see my neurologist at the Hopital 15/20 near Bastille here in Paris. We had a chat about all my tests, as well as the symptoms I have been experiencing and am currently experiencing (optical neuritis, balance issues, tingling in extremities, hearing loss and the ever present fatigue).
My neuro then gave me my diagnosis: Multiple Sclerosis.
This wasn’t really a surprise. Having spoken with a couple of friends who have MS, they had mentioned it as a possibility as the symptoms were pretty clear. It had also been mentioned to me as a possibility by hospital staff after my first MRI a few months ago.
My neuro specified that I have the “good MS” and that I RRMS.
So, what now? Tomorrow I’ll be having a lumbar puncture (yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk) and we will soon begin treatment. I do not yet know what treatment I’ll be following or what medication will be prescribed.
I am obviously not happy about it being MS, it sucks. I am, however, relieved to have a diagnosis and to know that steps can now be definitely taken to tackle it and make things as easy as possible. It also helps that my neuro has been treating people with MS for 30+ years. He knows his stuff.
I’m currently riding the high of having a diagnosis and not feeling I’m going crazy and that this is “all in my head”. I reckon I’ll crash at some point later when it finally hits me and will not cope very well for a while. C’est la vie, I guess.
Glad to be here, and reading about the experiences of others is helping. You are all so amazing. <3