Just been diagnosed last week!

Hello just been diagnosed last week. Finally got a GP to believe that my symptoms were not the menopause or something I was imagining due to my anxiety. It is all very new but the neurologist was reassuring that there was a lot they could do to prevent it developing further. I feel fairly upbeat about it - I knew something wasn’t right - at least now I know what it is and have support from the right professionals. So glad to have found the MS society as well.
Just one question - I am 53 - from what I have been reading that’s quite old to be diagnosed?

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Hello, @GailMarie68, so pleased that you were able to fight your corner and could push past the menopause and suggested anxiety. Do you think that you had symptoms before, which you perhaps ignored? From what I have read on this forum symptoms can be present for a long time before diagnosis. Sounds like you have a very supportive neurologist who is going to help you and prevent things running ahead quicker than it needs to. Your positivity has brightened my day. Take care and keep posting :blush:.

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Hi
Sorry to hear that you’ve joined the club… 53 is old for a RR diagnosis but in the window for Progressive MS. Has your neurologist elaborated on the type of MS they have identified in you?
Graeme

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That is possible and I just didn’t notice or put it down to something else.

Not yet (or if she did I didn’t take it in) She said there was a lot they could do to stop it getting worse with injections or infusions.

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Im so pleased you have answers now.
I too am happy I found MS Society, this forum is great.

It does seem that most people to get diagnosed with MS, especially RRMS are younger, but I have read a few stories of people being diagnosed in their 50s aswell.

I hope you are doing ok, and if ever you need to chat, feel free to message.

Em

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@GailMarie68

Glad you are finding support here. May I ask what your initial symptoms were? I am the same age as you. Thank you,
Kaly

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I was ‘wobbly’ and had a few falls. Then I suddenly developed double vision :astonished:

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53 is a older than the average, for sure, but then I don’t suppose you really know how long you’ve had it. Or maybe you have a pretty good idea when the trouble started. Either way, I am glad that you have a diagnosis now and can get to grips with what you’re dealing with here. Finding out you have MS is never terrific news, but I can see that it might feel like a less distressing option than being told it’s all in your head or similar nonsense. At least you’re on firmer ground now.

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