I have admit that my husband signed me up for this website. I think he got to the point that he didn't know what else to do with me, so he figured he would hand me over to you guys
I was just reading a few of your comments and I feel like the old woman on the block. I just turned 50. I was diagnosed with MS in 1993 and began using Betaseron in June of 1994. My doctor tells me that I could be the poster child for Betaseron, because with the exception of some problems with redness at the injection site, occasional flu-like symptoms after my injection and some depression, I have done extremely well. I have some residual loss of feeling in my fingers and toes on the left side of my body, occasional fatigue that puts me to bed for a while, and a severe aversion to hot weather (you know, like watching butter melt out in the hot sun). I truly am a blessed woman.
So what do I have to complain about? Not much!! But something has been happening over the last few years that I can't find answers to, and I'm not sure if it is MS related or not. I need some imput from others.
In the last few years, I have begun with problems with insomnia and depression that is getting worse and beginning to severely affect my life. I know that these are symptoms of MS, but I also am at an age where my body is going through other changes that could possibly be the culprit. As if that weren't enough, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer a couple of years before I was diagnosed with MS. Thyroid problems, MS and menopause can all have some of the same symptoms. Three years ago, our youngest child died at the age of twelve, so many doctors want to blame my symptoms on that. Yeah, that's tougher than anything that I have ever had to face, but God has been gracious and we've had a great support system, both psychologically and spiritually.
My husband and I are missionaries in another country, and even though I have an excellent neurologist in the US that I see twice a year, I need to have help here, where and I live and I haven't been able to find that. I would be very appreciative if anyone has any comments or experience on MS and menopause, or any thing else that would pertain to my circumstances.
If you have any other questions for me that would help you understand what's going on with me, please feel free to ask. I've always been very open about my MS and learned early on how to accept what was happening to me, without giving in to the disease or giving up.
If nothing else, it has been beneficial to me just to put my thoughts and feelings on paper (will kind of on paper).
Thank you for your kind attention and I eagerly await your comments.