I too have just been dx with MS, in the last 3 months, and have sent off the DVLA forms stating that i have MS, i also put on the form that i have ON and both eyes have been affected and impaired visually. They wrote back to me after one month stating that ON was another seperate illness and another (same) form had to be filled in.
I actually have another bout of ON again just now and visited my optician for advice before going to the hospital and she did the test that the DVLA would ask to be carried out if requested and she said that i would pass, phew!
I think that’s normal to be issued with a short term licence as the condition worsens over time for some.
As others have said dig out your mortgage policy if you have one and check if you have critical illness cover. MS is defo on the list and you could get some/all off your mortgage paid off depending on your policy. I’m doing this just now and the company have been great at informing me where they’re at in the process; my neuro is the one holding things up! They write to your GP too. Mines, if successful, won’t pay all my mortgage off as i have re-mortgaged my home but it will certainly help; the only benefit of this illness so far!
I did also phone my car insurance providers and they said thanks for letting them know but they’ll now be waiting on further advice from the DVLA on the matter. Please note that they can’t add any more money to your cover, i was informed by others on this site about that.
They only other people i told was my work place. I got occupational health involved and worked with them to make reasonable adjustments to my work practices, i did do this before the dx tho as i knew it was a comin! My work have been genuinely helpful and not just paid lip service to the whole thing, they have implemented many things and it has been hugely helpful to me. My colleagues are very supportive too.
Good luck Lisa with all of this and the ups and downs over the next few months as you actually come to terms with the dx and the realisation of such a wicked illness. I actually think that i’m now a liitle grounded and as i kinda knew from March this year that i ‘could’ be MS, but it hasn’t been easy and i’m sure i’ll have a few more grettin (crying) days to come.