My story seems to echo many others...I had lots of mild symptoms through my 20's, but I was very active so put some down to injuries, and sometimes just thought I was a hypochondriac - as an RN, I thought of the really severe, hospital-confined people with ms that I had nursed, and honestly never gave it a thought as being a possibility for me, but my GP knew me very well! I then was diagnosed with bladder cancer when I was 30 and thought, well that is it - there really IS something bad wrong with me! I had the surgery and the chemo for 6 months and thought that was it - this was my big scary life altering disease.
I was much more vigilant after that though, and when I developed severe L'Hermittes and sensory issues 2 years later, my Oncologist took me seriously and sent me to a neuro, and Bob's your Auntie! Still don't know if the anxiety attacks, palpatations, restless legs syndrome etc were/are part of my ms?
Neuro keeps dismissing them and waving Psych books in front of my nose, but I have a post-graduate diploma in Psych nursing, and I try to be objective - I really do think this is in my head, but not the way he infers!
Anyway, the diagnosis was easy - medically - and on one level it was a relief, but on another, I kept remembering those poor folks I had nursed as a student RN and was terrified as I really understood where this was headed at some point...
9 years later, I have some problems, but neither the cancer nor the ms have killed me yet! He He.