Hello to everyone
Thanks so much to all those who have responded to my first post – ‘Pre-Diagnosis (a few questions)’. Your help and advice is much appreciated.
Like many, I am in a pretty confusing and lonely place right now, although I feel I may have just turned a corner and am feeling more positive (emotionally at least). :mrgreen:
I feel compelled to post this as it may help others:
In a quest for answers, I have ‘googled’ many of my symptoms and come to learn over time that I must resist this practise given some of the alarming and rather sceptical results that can be returned, often from unreliable sources.
I am active on this forum only because my GP (a professional) has mentioned the likelihood of MS as a diagnosis, I guess in order to gauge my reaction and prepare me for the worst.
HOWEVER, I find to my amazement that ‘most’ of my symptoms can be caused purely by anxiety. It seems that the mind is a powerful thing and can play some wicked tricks on you.
Google ‘Anxiety Symptoms, Anxiety Attack Symptoms (Panic Attack Symptoms), Symptoms of Anxiety’ and go to page held at anxietycentre.com.
I also find an absolutely inspirational thread on the subject that gives some hope and a more positive viewpoint pre-diagnosis. Just google ‘A Thread for Newcomers Worried about Multiple Sclerosis (MS)’ – this should offer a thread at anxietyzone.com.
Given all that I have read, I find it little wonder that a diagnosis can take so long based purely on the similarities between the symptoms of MS and anxiety, let alone all of the other possible mimics.
I for one know which diagnosis I hope to get - the ‘get out of jail quick card’ with anxiety will be nice
To compound things, anxiety is of course a secondary effect of MS - therein lies a vicious circle….
As suggested in one of the threads, I have decided to try and deal today with that which is confirmed today and leave the doctors to deal with the unknown (i.e. I know and acknowledge that I am anxious hence will concentrate on overcoming this).
I really cannot comprehend how the professionals differentiate between symptoms in reaching a diagnosis and appreciate now that I need to be more patient, more respectful and place my ultimate and unquestionable trust in them. This is ultimately all I can do as a lay-person in all things medical.
I really hope this helps some who like me, have only recently embarked on this journey. Respect to all of those who have been in ‘limbo’ for an eternity – this thread in no way is intended to undermine.
Good luck and best wishes to everyone