NHE wrote:I am not a lawyer and have no knowledge of immigration law. However, my opinion is this. Either you have an MS diagnosis or you don't. If you don't have an MS diagnosis, then you don't. Period. There are many conditions that elicit symptoms similar to MS and you could just as easily have one of those. Offering up the information that some doctor somewhere thought that you "might" have MS seems analogous to telling your car insurance company that you almost hit a tree. Your car is fine and nothing happened, but they'll likely raise your rates "just in case." Moreover, many people can go several years between their first symptoms and a diagnosis. For example, I experienced an 8 year remission between my first symptoms and my 2nd attack and subsequent diagnosis. I was fine during those 8 years and had no clue about anything related to MS.
The problem is different Countries /Organisations have different criteria.
To date I have had one episode of optic neuritis. MY MRI showed some faint lesions which on their own my Neuro said would not warrant any treatment however due to the ON he was recommending Interferon. The diagnosis in the absence of other explaintions is MS.
According to UK guidance a diagnosis of MS is made when there are two episodes or indicative MRI's separated in time. Therefore it would appear that in the UK I still fall into CIS category.
Im praying my Lymes test which should be out in two weeks is positive.
Becausethe Panel Doc will be able to access my hospital records in Europe I am going to have had a mild bout of shingles after the ON
What hacks me off is there are hundreds of positions in Australia which they cant fill and Im stuck here because of VISA delays and now the possibility it will get rejected on 'health grounds'. The irony is I spend much of my day in 40 degree heat in the desert or on offshore rigs