I am next-to-certain my last episode was directly related to a very busy work weekend with lots of stress, lots of walking, and the summer heat. My feet began numbing the next day, and spread up my legs within a few days.
Yes I've walked in these shoes. Stress was an understatement and the reality of my body failing was not on my list. I put my mindset as "I don't have time or room for ms in my life". Well it's been a few years since my diagnosis. What I know now, is different than what I knew then.
You learn to live differently, you learn to adapt. If the fire is hot, don't put your hand in it so to speak. If your body will co-operate with you, you will learn to manage your symptoms to enable your current career.
Prior to diagnosis, I took my body for granted, now I treat it as a separate entity from my mind. My brain says I want to do something or accomplish something, my body sometimes has other plans. So, I am in constant negotiation with myself. You learn to make compromises so you still can have successes, it's like any good relationship.
This sounds crazy of course, but your quote above shows you need to learn how to care for your body....don't walk as far without small breaks, stay cool in the heat with water or different lighter clothing. If you are working long days, take a nap at lunch time or sit with your eyes closed for a few minutes. Some days all I need is a 10 min shut eye every few hours to feel more alert. That is part of the compromise, the nap for the extra hours in the day.
Now the stress part.....stress is only our response to things we FEEL we have no control over. We may not have control over everything, but we always have control of SOMETHING. The more control you feel you have over your situation, the better you will feel mentally. I also agree with trying an antidepressant for short term use....they can help to calm the nerves enough to get by. Sometimes this is needed to survive.
Make a list of everything you are going to do to take care of yourself first and foremost. It is my experience that it is wiser to share your diagnosis than to hide it with co-workers. Some days they will notice something that is off and I would rather be accused of having ms than something less reputable
My last two cents.... get in touch with your sense of humor. Really learn to laugh more. Laughter helps stress and it's great for the soul.
I'm certain you will enjoy spending time here at TIMS, it's a good place with wonderful supportive people.
All the best to you.