I am male, 25 yo, having MS since my 17. My symptoms are still relatively mild but I think I am turning to SP.
My first relapse was when I was 17. VERY VERY VERY stressful times then, I was giving examinations for entering university. I remember myself being unable to ascend the stairs. A friend of mine would pull me.
Relapse: At 19, I was, once again, verry stressed because of some occupation problems. Once again, I was REALLY stressed. Optic neuritis, my right eye was very blurred.
Relapse: At 21, early 2001, when I got the diagnosis, too. I don't remember worst days in my life. I was COMPLETELY depressed then for some personal reasons. I was also hanving major dental work at that time which made me even worse. (Ok, I am afraid of the dentist, I am still afraid
) Paralysis of one leg and loss of sensation of the 3/4 of my body. Difficulty urinating and weakness. Thanks God, after 5 doses of IV-steroids I felt "near" normal again.
Relapse: Two months after the previous one, having continued dental work, I got an optic neuritis. My left eye's vision was blurred.
The following 2 years were relatively quite but last year a loved of mine was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a secondary type of cancer, thanks God, a curable one. She had to live with my family because she lived 200 km away from the hospital. That was the last hit. Once again I got so depressed (thank you $erono, you helped me become even more depressed). Hopefully no relapse (Maybe Rebif but...). I was also having extensive dental work at that time. Since then I feel getting worse. Perhaps it is Rebif. I have developed antibodies and I have fever all the time. This week I stop it and start LDN.
So, the conclusion :
Dental work -> Relapse
Stress -> Relapse
Dental work + stress -> Major relapse
Could these two be linked together somehow?