Thanks for your quick response. I'm sorry to hear about the stressful events that you have undergone. As if MS by itself isn't enough, it has to kick us while we're down (and it kicks pretty hard!).
I am not currently taking any other meds except for the Prednisone and an occasional Xanax for the anxiety cause by the steriods.
The painful burning on my chest and back was what I believe was my first MS attack back in May of 2004. I was on my honeymoon in the Bahamas when the pain started. Just a small sensitive area on my back that after about a week spread to my whole right side chest/back. Over about five or six weeks, the sensitivity and pain went away on its own. About a month after that, the numbness began in my legs, which I have been battling for the past 7 months.
Here's more info about me that I should have included in my first post (but it seemed it was getting loooonnnngggggg):
I'm 35 years old and live in Idaho. I work at Micron Technology as an electrical engineer. I've lived in Idaho my whole life. I was officially diagnosed on October 14, 2004, although it was strongly suspected for about a month before that. My mother was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago, although she hasn't had a relapse since. She is not on any therapy.
Thanks again for you response. I look forward to talking with you again.