Last reply 11 months ago
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I just feel right now like the closer I am to an answer, the further away I am. I have been sick for 5 years and have had multiple diagnoses – Vitamin B12 deficient, COPD, Asthma, Vertigo, Adrenal Stress, Arthritis, Depression, just general aging. The thing is no matter what meds I took, it seems that “time” eventual alleviated symptoms but only to be replaced by others. If the Pulmonologist was right I would be on oxygen by now but I’m not even using my inhalers on a regular basis. High doses of Vitamin B12 didn’t help. Some of my symptoms have improved, but I have gotten new ones. I am currently seeing 2 neurologists. I had my clinical testing and they both agreed that based on all of the tests I definitely have MS. I had an MRI, no plaque, no stroke and no tumor. They were as confused as I have been. The only thing that found was a mass on my thyroid. Biopsy and blood work showed it wasn’t causing any of my symptoms. I am soon going to be 70. I believe I had my first signs of MS when I was 30. They lasted about 1 month. Throughout the next years I had intermittent symptoms but I blamed them on other things and they eventually went away. Then 5 years ago I had a major attack and I have been struggling every since. The doctor is considering a spinal tap, although they also tell me I am not a good candidate for treatment because of my age. I wonder if I should just accept the diagnoses based on clinical testing and rest when I need to, eat more healthy and take pain medication, anti anxiety meds, and something for depression and physical therapy for my muscle pain. Sorry for the length of this but how can you say it in a short paragraph? I am just hoping someone can help me make sense of this and help me conclude what I should do at this point. Strange thing, I have been diagnosed with so many things that turned out wrong, yet I’ve remained so sick, part of me wants to just accept MS and put my mind at ease that I finally have a reason for everything.

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11 months ago

Hi @basgds and welcome.

Unfortunately, our bodies are complicated pieces of machinery and our medical professionals aren’t magicians. So, your story is not that unusual.

So, what about a way forward for you? Well, a healthy, balanced diet is always a good start. Then, live healthily and keep moving. Do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.

And, don’t be too proud to ask for help and assistance.

Take care

11 months ago

Hi there and welcome! Don’t worry about the long message. A diagnosis can come as a shock and relief when you’ve struggled with symptoms for a long time. It will take some time to sink in… allow yourself the time to find peace with a diagnosis.
Diet, exercise, treating yourself kindly and getting support from those around you (and support services) are a great way to help with ms.
If you live in the U.K. you can get a book for free called Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis and this takes you through research guided information behind staying healthy with ms.
Although drugs are helpful in managing ms, there are lots of things you can do to try and keep yourself in top shape too.
All the best

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