Are you covered by a union? The administrative assistants in our school are in their own union. If so, you need to contact your union rep. They will give you the best advice on going after the director and how to do it legally and within your own rights. You may be able to also get disability under your union's retirement package. Just a few added thoughts to the rest of the great advice.View Thread
First of all, sorry for your diagnosis and your neurologist's lack of concern. Unfortunately, there are many neuro's with the same "personality defect." However, starting any DMD without doing your own homework, isn't going to be very helpful. I was on Copaxone for 1 1/2 years and actually got worse. I've done better without the drugs. I am very prone to side-effects and I seem to get the really "unlikely" ones. Read up on the potent drugs your doctor is prescribing and make the best decision for you. If he won't agree to your informed decision, you can always find another doctor that will.
My neuro treats only my symptoms and we check my lesions yearly via MRI. I have been stable since I went off of the meds. I do get treated for the electrical shocks and tingling with Gabapentin. I take a boat load of it, but I do not have any adverse effects from it. I am also on Amantadine for fatigue, which helps but does cause dry mouth. I teach full-time and without the meds, I'd be a mess. I'm not saying don't take anything, I'm saying make the decision that is best for you. There are many out there and you know your body best, your doctor only thinks he does.
If you are able, exercise. It will help keep your body strong but it will help you mentally to feel as normal as possible. I ran until recently when I slipped and broke an ankle. The fracture was not MS related (nor running related, I'm just klutz), so I will eventually run again. It was my time to believe in myself and know that I could do something that many "healthy" bodies could not.
Also, watch your diet. There are many good healthy diets you could follow that are MS related. However, just an overall healthy diet will help you as well. Take vitamins and learn what works best for you.
Please feel free to ask questions. I will help whenever I can. Take care of yourself.View Thread
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