Not sure where the mood swings come into the equation?
He is a proud man not a stubborn man. He wants to prove to himself he can still have a normal life after diagnosis. Its like being an alcoholic, you cant change them they have to hit rock bottom first then heal themselves if they want to.
Your partner is doing it his way.
The plus to all this is, he is still working. He hasnt given up. I would think the fact he is determined, strong, motivated, confident, and yes stubborn is amazing qualities to have next to you in bed… he isnt going to just fling his hands up in the air, when you annoy him, or dont do something he doesnt like, or your premenstrual etc lol…
As his girlfriend all you can do for now is support him. If he is tired when he comes home, make sure he has a good plate of food ready to eat (well balanced good healthy diet lol), and give him a big cuddle.
Right now he doesnt need to be told he is silly for not using a stick etc, he knows that himself.
Loads of people are the same even without MS. My mother is 93, and will she use a wheelchair when she has to go to the hospital for her appointments no way, she insists of walking even if it takes my sister ages to get to the doctors door.
Lots and lots and lots of people on here will be the same.
They feel once they have a stick everyone will notice they are disabled.
He will come round in his own time. All you need to do for now if you want to be with him, is just be there, no telling him what he already knows, and just be the best girlfriend you can be.
In my house i dont use a stick, but i have some hand rails around. You could suggest he does the same in the areas where he is the most vulnerable, it works for me. However out in the garden i too have gone down on my bottom a few times OUCH, but i still wont use my stick in my home. Its bad enough i have to use one outside and my wheelchair. I am 64 this week and I hate the looks I get from well meaning people, and people who dont talk to me when i am in a shop but my carer as though I am indivisible. Perhaps that is what your partner is worried about.
Concentrate on all the positive things about him, and why you fell for him in the first place. (I admire you for wanting to find about MS good for you hun)xx