I definately get the feeling MS is triggered by stress and anxiety and may be its to do with a prolonged period of stress/anxiety leading to changes in hormones/chemicals in the brain. I recently read a period of hypertension for as little as 2 days can cause small strokes. I know the EBV virus has something to do with MS. Everyone or 99% of MSers have had glandular fever, but not everyone who has had glandular fever gets MS.
Before I became ill with my CIS (servere first MS attack) I was very stressed and anxious, with my housing situation. I was well then I returned to my student university accomodation after Christmas. I was anxious that one particular housemate would keep me awake at night as she was not working or a student and would go to bed after 4am. Her bedroom was below mine I could hear up at night, then when i heard her turn the lights out I got this relief and could get some sleep. This concerned me as I would be getting up at 6am to go to 9am lectures. I became very anxious and stressed and got dizziness then double vision which progressed to a 6th nerve palsy. I then went numb between my legs, had bladder problems for 2 days, then a stinging back, constipation the list went on. All through these symptoms I was in a hyper-anxious state.
My time line was:
4 days after returning to the student house I became unwell with dizziness then the symptoms manifested (as mentioned above). It was only until my mum travelled 150 miles to rescue me and I went to stay with my parents was I able begin to recover and get some sleep. I didn’t know really anthing about MS before this severe attack. I just wondered if anone else had experienced something causing them stress leading to their first MS attack?