I was wondering if someone could explain what sort of treatments patients have when they are first diagnosed with MS, and how effective these are seen to be.
My history- About 18 months ago i developed pins and needles in my feet when i woke up in the mornings, now i get numbness, tingling, nerve pain in my left side, mostly my limbs, fairly regularly. I take Neurontin intermittently, when i'm sore i take 900mg which is enough to take my mind off it. I've recently been put on Lyrica (75mg i think?) and so far it's ok. When i'm sore often i have trouble walking, and i've developed weakness in my left side. I have been doing Aquarobics to try to build up the muscle and stay healthy.
I'm going for my first LP next week, I've had several MRIs, with only the most recent showing anything- a small spot on my brain, but my neuro showed it to a lot of people and they decided that because it was a new sequence that i hadn't had, that they weren't too worried. That was Jan this year. All other tests have been fine- extensive blood work, evoked potentials (?) etc show nothing.
There is a suggestion that it could be Transverse Myelitis, though fortunately i've had no issues with continence etc.
Also, with MS, would some kind of slow-onset MS exhibit the symptoms i've had?