How can I find out if my depression is a result of the MS disease process itself causing nerve damage to the emotional control area of my brain, rather than just a reaction to having MS or being on one of the interferon drugs for MS?
Has anyone out there been diagnosed with depression due to MS? I just got a script for Zoloft (the generic form), took it for 3 days and got horrible side effects that affected my work and life, so I stopped it immediately. Am going to report this to my doctor on my next visit.View Thread
I have to say that a viral infection of the stomach is what started me on this journey of MS. How did this happen? Soon after I got the stomach flu, my vision went out into having double vision. The vision returned to normal after recovering from the stomach flu, only to go double vision two months later, that lasted for 8 weeks. It was during this time that I found out I have MS. My one and only relapse (thank goodness) was also from having a flu bug, only this time in having a high fever of 102 degrees that lasted for a week and a half. Because of this, another serious case of the flu can put me in danger of another relapse. This requires me to eat a healthly diet, to be away from others who have the flu and to take the flu shot every year. All is in addition of me being on Avonex.View Thread
Here is my take on insurance, who also has MS. Very frustrating to not be able to get private insurance on my own. Tried this and got denials because MS is a pre-existing condition. Had to exercise my HIPPA rights after finding out the company that I got COBRA insurance through, went out of business. Now I have insurance, but with a high premium. All of us with MS, do not have much choice for insurance due to our condition. We have to take what we can get. I recommend for you to go with whatever insurance your job offers, it definitely better than nothing. Take care.View Thread
In my case, both my doctor and I feel that Avonex is more effective against my MS. I have had no new activity on my MRI's for the few years I have been taking Avonex. As far as adjusting to Avonex, most people experience the side effects for a time after starting it, yet there are some people who continue to experience the side effects for a long time after starting it. I am among those who still experience the side effects even though I have been on it for awhile. I have found that consistant mild exercise done during the rest of the week, has helped me in abating the side effects in my body. Lastly, the side effects for me only last for about a day and a half after each dose, yet most of this time is spent in resting and doing quiet activities. I find that taking Tylenol during the period of experiencing the side effects helps a lot, especially taken at regular intervals.
I too am with you on hesitating in starting the MS meds. However, I had no choice in the matter. All MRI's that I have had, starting with the first one, all show that I have "innumerable" lesions in the brain. In other words, there is no question that I have MS. Because of the "heavy lesion load" that I have, MS meds for me are not an option. I do not like the idea of having to take regular injections, but until their is a better MS med or a cure is discovered, this is the only thing I have to go on. At least I can say that the one (Avonex) I am on now, has brought stability to my MS. My advise to you is to go ahead and start one now. This is all we have to use that is available.View Thread
diva306, I too experience MS hands. This is the sort that they cramp up, with or without pain. Almost every morning, I wake up with my left hand curled up into a ball (mostly without pain) and only warm (not hot) water will loosen it up. Other times, my right hand (my dominate hand) will cramp up with pain if I use a writing instrument or cooking utensil with a small grip. To help this, I use only writing instruments and cooking utensils with large grips. I have been known to use pencil grips on pens and pencils with small grips This helps a lot, hope this does for you as well.View Thread
I too suffer from heat related fatigue. It is called heat sensitivity. Here is what I suggest to all of us, no matter what climate we live in.
Get cooling vests. These are vests that have pockets which hold ice packets. They are kind of expensive, but they are worth every penny. They allow you to be in hot climates like the desert areas and places with high heat humidity. I have one and am glad I have it. To find them, Google "cooling vests" and you will find different companies who sell them in a variety of models.