I am new to this forum as well. Native to So Cal and the only one in my family that I know of with MS.
I was dx in May 08 after a surprise flare in April. My neuro said I have had MS for a few yrs, I can trace the sx back 10 yrs. I thought it was from my age and weight, I surely wish it was that instead of MS. SIGH...
I think what brought this flare on was being in 101 temp with 25mph gusts of wind on a day we were set up for an outdoor market. With the winds blowing all my product and the canopy over, we tore it all down and had to set up for a 3rd time indoors. I had weak knees that evening and became numb all over with bad balance issues. I couldn't wear shoes or walk because of the "bubbles" on the soles of my feet. Fatigue and insomnia along with numb left arm and hand(bad for a lefty) Using my left hand at times made it feel as if it was in boiling oil.
My GP thought it was a stroke (not sure what's better) and I had the usual blood, xrays and MRI to rule that out. That's when he saw the lesions on my brain and spine.
I started Avonex in July 08 after the steroid treatments. My sx have decreased quite a bit but, I do have days when I just want to hide.
I'm glad I found you, I have seen other forums for MS and try to gather as much info and support as possible. My dad and one sis treat me with kid gloves, my hubby has been supportive and the other sis keeps me going, she is ruthless, lol. All in all this has brought my family closer together which is the one good part of this disease.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!