Hi, I'm 56, diagnosed at 35 , symptoms since 28. Worked and kept going due to aggressive and pro-active treatment of first signs of relapses. Uses cortisone IV 1500 - 3500mg depending on severity of relapse and treat the side-effects afterwards, much harder than taking the drip isn't it?. Good to remember that cortisone changes our immune systems from over-active to compromised. I am prone to infections after, especially pneumonia. I now take a second flu-vaccine in December together with a pneumonia vaccine. The restless and painful legs at night was bad, anti-epileptic drugs 400mg early evenings is a miracle, ah , sleep sweet sleep! It is like the brain is 'miss-firing' without cease due to the lesions. Recently I started getting neuralgia/inflammation of the nerve-endings, it is something like shingles and I ended up at emergencies swearing that all my ribs were broken, all at the same time, without me noticing how! Icyclovir 800mg for 2 weeks mends my broken ribs, shoulders and back every time. Ah, what would happen to me without medicine, heaven is the release from pain indeed. Intra-cranial pressure and diamox are such good partners as well. And ulcers and diabetes follow cortisone like a puppy follows his mom. Good news is that my diabetes vanished after 15 years with less cortisone use. To explain to anybody that I am a temporary diabetic is to tall an order , I don't even try any more. Marco, so good to read that your MS is probably burning out, gives me hope. Strongs to all you more mature sufferers. 'agtog dit is 'n ellende soms'View Thread
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