powertool4 wrote:I have a million questions and my mind is going crazy but I am taking my parents' advice and not looking into it too much because worry and anxiety itself can cause other problems.
Thanks so much
The stiff joints/numbness/weakness and urgency peeing sound like they could be MS.
The MRI will show if there is inflammation/disease activity.
It is terrifying at first. I was having all these symptoms, I thought that they were all separate complaints. Then I read an article in the Observer, written by a newly diagnosed MS sufferer and it all sounded too familiar. I must say that I felt absolutely devastated. But it's got better since, I mean you do come to terms with something like this.
It's good to be optimistic. If it is MS then it may clear up lots and not bother you too much..
There are no reliable treatments. I fooled myself into thinking that Ashton Embury's 'Best Bet Diet' would solve my problems and so I turned down the offer of disease modifying therapies. Unfortunately (although I am still convinced saturated fat is poison to people with MS) it didn't stop the relapses and so I accrued damage.
Vitamin D is the closest thing that I have found. Following the publication of a small study investigating very high doses of vitamin D cutting relapse rates I've been taking 14,000 international units on days that aren't sunny enough for getting it through sunbathing. Beware though, many doctors might see this dose as toxic so investigate thoroughly first.
We're saying that it's a better time to be diagnosed then any before because it seems to me, at least from almost obsessive news searching, that research is gathering pace. It's not curable but things are looking better and better. Soon there will be a pill, as opposed to an injection. There are B cell therapies, Campath and Rituxan, which are proving effective. There is even the option of High Dose Cyclophosphamide. Chemotherapy for four days which has been reported to have eradicated the disease (although hdc is not without toxicity - it's pretty hardcore). Stem cell research is beginning to look promising.
Your current symptoms are more than likely to abate within a few weeks. Your body has the ability to repair itself still and, hopefully the repair will eradicate the symptoms. This is all assuming you have MS.
Now, I don't know if this is too much information and I feel like maybe I'm just scaring you! If so then I'm really sorry. It's a really horrid illness but I'm so used to thinking about it all the time that I forget how terrifying your uncertainty must be.
If I were you I'd look into taking high doses of vitamin D and I'd cut saturated fat out of my diet (some might disagree but that's just what I do). And I you should go and see your GP too and have a chat with him or her.
I sent you a PM..