October 18, 2013

Finally a diagnosis

OK so here we go. Yesterday I had to go back to my neurologist to get my results from my brain /cervical spine scans. 

I have Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS).

MS in a nutshell is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms. MS takes several forms, with new symptoms either occurring in isolated attacks (relapsing forms) or building up over time (progressive forms), my diagnosis being the former. 

Between attacks, symptoms may go away completely; however, some may remain permanent. The last time this happened to me was in 2007 which left a slight numbing of my left little and ring finger. My recent attack which was about 6 months ago has all but gone away now just leaving my hands feeling very slightly numbed, this may/should improve but there's nothing to say it will disappear for good. There are many symptoms and variations of MS which seems to be affecting me in the sensory aspect as opposed to motor (which is good for me). 

There is no saying when this will happen again or if it will happen again. There are no clear cut rules as there is no known cause. My neurologist did say that there is no need to be pessimistic about it and that there is no reason I can't live a normal life. He also believes that my back pain may be unrelated and is now sending me for another scan on my lower back! 

Although it would be nice not to have a diagnosis that's with me for life, I do think it could have been a damn sight worse! If I have issues to deal with I guess I'll deal with them; I can't change things. I will have the support and information I need from an MS nurse should I need it. I know I have Gavin too which is a great support! 

So there we go. No more poking, prodding and needle jabbing!