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New diagnosis

I am 39 yrs old, I developed Optic Neuritis 4 weeks ago following a brief flu-like illness. I have some eye pain and colour desaturation in my right eye but my acuity is fine. I had an MRI within 2 weeks which unexpectedly and devastatingly has shown numerous white matter demyelination lesions . I have never had any previous neurological symptoms. I am due a Lumbar Puncture soon, but it clearly looks likely I have MS. I am understandably devastated, and severely depressed. I do not feel there is any point starting any disease modifying drug regime as progression is inevitable. I am genuinely considering just ending it all as I do not feel I have much to live for.

Hello Endofline, You are a member of our community and we appreciate you. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please call your local emergency number or go to your local hospital emergency room right away. I have sent you a private message with a list of services of support available. Our Helpline Team is also here for you on 0808 800 8000 or via helpline@mssociety.org.uk - our Helpline Team are here to support you however they can. Sincerely, Oliver - admin