hello i am a little confused i have been recently dx with ms . i had an issue with the doc who gave me my dx and went to a new doc this last week. where i was told by him that due to my age (im 43 ) and the fact that i walked in to his office with no aid(i dont use a walker or wheel chair or a cane ) that ms would burn out in 7 to ten years. and that he didnt know if he wanted me to go on meds because of that . i have no experience with this and i only know one person who has ms and we have never talk about it. so it has very much frustrated me . but then in the same breath tells me that he is on the fence about meds and wants me to decide if i want to take or not and to let him know when i come back in a month. I have good days and bad . but he made it sound like i had the flu. but thanks to people like you guys and a great support system i have i didnt fall for this and i have done my research and hopfully have found a new doc that will bewilling to help me.
I was just dx too! But i have never heard of this 'burn out' thing? I'm 23, but i goto a support group and most people there are in their 40's,50's,60's and they are still having syptoms. Some days the come in without aids and the next they're in wheel chairs. I would talk to another Neurologist if i were you, because you dont want to delay treatment! hope this helps
Good for you for not believing the doc about "burning out," and good on you for doing your research. Relapsing-remitting MS can start out either with minimal motor damage or with primarily sensory damage such as optic neuritis, numbness and tingling. It isn't all about the legs! And, the whole point of taking a DMD immediately after getting the dx is to slow the progression so that you might not need a walking aid for years and years.
I had my first flare at age 41 and didn't need a cane until age 51--not only did my MS not burn out, it progressed slowly but surely, and that was while I was on three different DMDs over those years. Would I have progressed at the same rate without the drugs? Possibly, but it's also probably prudent that I tried a few to see if they would make a difference.
Good luck with your new doc, let us know which therapy you have chosen.
Sorry about your diag, but this is a good place to come. I was dx a year ago & I decided on Copaxone. MS does not burn out, good thing your going to a different dr.
I chose Coaxone because it has the least side effects, but it is a daily shot. The only issue I have with it is I usually get a fairly large welt that may last a day or 2. The other drugs can have flu like symptoms that last can last 24-36hrs. I have a friend who is on Rebif and she takes it at night with 2 tylenol & does just fine. Good luck & keep us posted. Hugs Tammy
Hi Anon. When I was diagnosed with ms, I also walked into the doctor's office without any aids. He put me on Rebif, which worked for about two years. I now walk with a bad limp and need a cane. I think your doctor is wrong. This "burn out" is actually the relapsing remitting type of ms that most of us have. If left untreated ms doesn't fade away. Unfortunately, it gets worse over time. The medications such as Rebif don't claim to cure the disease; they just slow down its progression.
Hi, An 204959 and welcome! I'm just back from a summer off (I work for a school) and wanted to comment on your post. I have had to use a cane for about 3 years now-I have a lot of weakness and numbness in the left leg and stumble a lot. Sometimes I even need to use the motorized wheelchairs at large stores.
Two months ago, I was assigned a new primary (I'd been trying for about 9 months to get a new primary) I gimped into her office and tried to lay out the laundry list of symptoms. She immediately stated she thought I had PTSD and this was at the heart of all my problems! She also did not want her patients looking on the internet for info (that would just confuse me!) and did not believe in prescribing pain meds (despite the bone-deep pain in my hips and left leg).
I'm really proud of you, walking away from that doctor so quickly. It took me many years to develope the guts to be insistant and stand up for myself. You have also chosen to talk to many others that share your problems and can support you in your efforts to get better.Over the last year, the folks in this community have helped me more than they can know, and I know they will help you too. Kudos to you and hang in there!
keep pushing for a diagnosis, I was was experiencing numbness, weakness and falling, The doctor contributed it to my weight, and after having the gastric bypass and going from a womens size 24 to a size 2. And the numbness went from my feet to my legs to my breasts, they finally decided to do additional testing. Get a second opinion.
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