I was in my very early 20’s when I started with symptoms, I remember spending weeks in sick bday at college because I kept fainting, especially after a bath or shower. I was the joke in our group add being clumsy and a few times I got viruses they affected me so much worse than anyone I knew. I thought I was weak, pathetic, and a hypochondriac.
In my mid twenties I remember putting steroid drips up daily for a young woman the same age as me who’d just been diagnosed with ms and when she described her symptoms they were so familiar. That confirmed my hypochondria!!! People like me, registered nurses, don’t get serious illnesses like that.
I didn’t even consider ms again at all. In 2010 I had serious back pain, could barely walk, felt rotten, they put me on strong painkillers while we looked at treatment options and I was sent to physio who realised there was something seriously wrong after she did a full Neuro workup and sent me to a specialist. He had his nurse examine me, he came in and his first words were. Hi, I’m Dr … Surgeon and I think you’ve got ms. Go home and we’ll call you back for scans before referring you to neurobiology. I was 42.
I hope your experience and diagnosis weren’t quite that traumatic.