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How do you know what type you have???

Postby Kemond » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:17 am

I am newly diagnosed (11/06). I haven't had my appointment with an MS Specialist yet (5/07), and wanted to know how some of the posters know they have RR or SP? Is there a test, is it tracking of symtoms/attacks? I was diagnosed about 2 weeks from my first symptom, so I am new to MS and am still trying to figure out the basics. My Neurologist assumed RR, but how do you know???
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Postby syckbastid » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:02 am

Since MS is a clinical diagnosis, there isn't a test for it, or for what type you have. I think if you're not sure, then you're probably RR.

More importantly than the type of MS you have, is how you are going to manage the condition. There is a wealth of information on this site regarding the various treatments/issues in dealing with MS. Be as informed as possible, and don't let a disease define you.

One piece of advice: stay as active as possible (physically and mentally), and maintain a nutritious diet. Hang in there, it gets easier but never easy, so stay strong.
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Postby robbie » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:09 am

only time, they will just put u on one of the crabs and see how u do
One piece of advice: stay as active as possible (physically and mentally), and maintain a nutritious diet.

I second that...
Had ms for over 19 years now.
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Postby Kemond » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:14 am

Thanks. I am staying active (chasing my 2 1/2 year old), and eating right, taking vitamins etc... I have been on Copaxone since 10 days post diagnosis, so hopefully I'm on the right track....
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Postby Manchester » Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:55 am

Sometimes only time will tell what kind of MS you have and some neuros like to keep their options open where it is less clear- cut.

This is confusing for someone just diagnosed who is looking for some straight forward answers and ploughing through a plethora of information, often very frightening information, while dealing with the emotional fallout at the same time.

However, if your neurologist leans towards RR then I would think/hope he has come to this conclusion from taking your full medical history and also by looking at your MRIs (though this is less certain in some cases) and gut instinct/experience of seeing patients with MS.

If you have confidence in your neurologist and especially if an MS specialist then I would tend to trust the neurologist on this.

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