I'm newly diagnosed with MS. I had been having 'flare-ups' for the past 2 years, I just didn't know it. I didn't have health insurance & I was, and am, a single mom of 2 very active kids. I didn't have time to deal with doctors to find out what was going on. I figured it was just stress and that eventually it would get better. Over the past year, I started having trouble walking without running into anything and everything. I had entire weeks of being what my friends and I call, 'stuck on stupid'. I still refused to go to the doctor. It seemed like my life was so busy that I didn't have a choice. Back in early September, I was sitting in a meeting at my brand new job and fell off the desk I was sitting on. Literally fell off sideways. I didn't even realize I was falling, I was just suddenly on the floor. I was shaking from head to toe and I couldn't get myself up. My co-workers were all talking to me & helping me into a chair & I realized that while I recognized the sounds as language, the words held no context. I couldn't understand a single thing they were saying. What I didn't know at the time is that I couldn't talk either. The next 2 weeks of testing and CAT scans and MRI's and blood tests were torture. MS certainly wasn't what I was expecting. I knew absolutely nothing about MS.
The MS diagnosis is something that I'm still trying to process, but I am so thankful that I finally have an answer. There are so many resources available to help people with medical bills now. Please do not let your lack of insurance prevent you from going to a doctor. Please don't let your busy life prevent it either. The stress that you are under now only makes MS worse, as it does for any medical issue, but for people with MS, extreme stress could mean the difference between walking one minute to crawling the next. The testing that you need to have done will be stressful. The hurry up and wait to get the results was excruciating for me, but the information I have gathered about MS, from treatment options, to diet, to the many forms of MS, to the unpredictable symptoms - have given me some peace. I felt like I was crazy before the diagnosis. I know now that I'm not. I am not alone in this and I am not helpless, and neither are you.
For your own peace of mind, go to the doctor. Look into charities at your local hospitals - most of them have some sort of organization that are for people that don't have insurance, but most of them aren't public knowledge. You have to ask. The assistance offices are also a wealth of information on community resources. The Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation are also good places to get information on any number of programs available in your local community. The government pages in the phone books also have a lot of information. So please, for your sake, take the time to get some answers. I wish I had.