Firstly please let me introduce myself. I am Sharon, a 50+ lady who has a wonderful family, some truly great friends but do suffer from severe depression at times.
I try to keep myself as busy as possible but having just lost my job of 21 yrs I feel a bit of a failure. Life has dealt me some awful blows but I have managed to keep going. I just wonder how much more I am going to have dumped on me and if I am going to cope with it all.
I hope I can be supportive to people on here. I may not always have the answers but I am a very good listener.
I may have jumped the gun because I have not received a definate diagnosis from my consultant yet but the more I read about multiple sclerosis the more I am convinced that that is what I am suffering from.
I have been having falls since the beginning of the year, lost the feeling in a couple of toes and suffered from pins and needles in my arm which the GP treated as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Recently, whilst on holiday I lost half the vision in my left eye and lost all sense of balance.
When I got home form my holiday I went straight to the opticians who referred me straight up to Moorfields hospital where I was diagnosed with 'non arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy' and was told that I needed more tests.
My GP referred me to the local stroke clinic where I had blood tests, scans and dopplers. The consultant assured me I had no brain tumour or active bleed and it was possible that I had suffered a TIA. An MRI scan would be needed to give a conclusive diagnosis which I had a week later. Now a further week on I am still waiting with scared anticipation of the result.
My eye sight has not improved, in fact I think it's slightly worse and I have really bad headaches most days.
Please be honest with me; am I barking up the wrong tree? Do you, as experts, think I may have MS or am I being stupid self diagnosing?
Thank you for reading and I look forward to your replies.