I've been lurking a while and decided to register last night.
I'm 32, Male, from northern Ohio, married 6 years, self employed (http://www.englesdiscount.com
). My name is Jeremy, - Nice to meet ya!
My family doctor diagnosed me, and referred me to a Nero. At this point in time, (6 months from first attack) I'm waiting to see him, should be on December 3rd, but I may cancel that and switch to the Mellon Center, since I live nearby / not sure yet - I don't have health insurance, so I tend to stick with what I can afford/ So far it's cost me over 2g's...ouch. so now I'm looking to get in on an "open enrollment" policy very soon, or at least qualify for a reasonably priced med.
Here's my history :
My presenting symptom was retrobulbar optic neuritis- Right eye
unfortunately I presented to my eye doctor, who told me to get a CAT scan and see an optical specialist, which I did. The CAT showed nothing but a normal brain, and the Optical Specialist called it "idiostatic". I was likely to never have another problem. I had no treatment and my blind spot w/pain went away after about 4 1/2 weeks.
2 Weeks after that I had Vertigo followed by dizzies, My regular doctor gave me antibiotics and told me to get antivert. Which I did. It sorta helped ~ by making me sleepy. That lasted about 3 weeks.
Overlapping the dizzies I had paresthesia in my calves come and go.
About a month latter I had optical palsy in my left eye (causing double vision) I presented this to my doctor and he suggested it was time for an MRI. - Which I did.
7 areas of "Bright signal" consistent with demyelinating process...
My Doc told me I have MS and to see a Neurologist. This was what I was expecting, but still a bit of a shock to hear him say it.
I've got everything clinically documented except for my latest symptom which is spastic face muscles every time I take a shower.
I hope to not need to go thru much more testing just to get a script for one of the ABCRs I'm a bit freaked at the speed and frequency of my attacks, but relieved that nothing overly serious has occurred thus far-
I'd really prefer not to re live the vertigo.