Hi Kirsty -
I know how hard the wait is, but please take a deep breath, make you a sandwich, eat it and take a nap. :o)
I too have a TON of fatigue, have weak arms and legs (my rt side is mostly affected), heavy arms and legs about 75% of the time (but not all the time). I am at the point where I'm gettting most of my hair cut off at my next hair appointment to make my life easier. I'm not going to list all my symptoms here, since that isn't why I'm posting. I don't worry about the house cleaning and laundry, I have kids and a hubby that can help out and darn it I ask them to do it and they do it. :o)
I have 2 huge dogs that I love almost as much as my children (20 yr old daugher, 17 yr old son) they are a 112# Golden Ret and 100# Husky Mix that walk themselves, since we live out in the country, so I am lucky in that sense. I work full time and go to school full time, I tell you this not to say hey I'm super woman, but to say it can be done BUT I have not been DX'd as of yet. But even if I do get DX'd with MS, this will not change immediately maybe years down the line I may need to make some changes, but I won't do that until I absolutely need to.
I have had an MRI and it did come back positive, although my LP came back normal. I am in limboland at the moment and am preparing you for even if the MRI comes back positive, do not expect a DX right away, more tests will need to be done to rule out the other things that Uppity gave you in the link in the above post.
Right now my neuro is not convinced that I have MS eventhough my MRI is positive and I have many of the 'MS symptoms', she is sending me to another neuro and MS specialist for a 2nd opinion, which will take me another 2 -3 months to get into. I started this journey in October 2006. Some people it takes years to even get this far.
Please take it for what it is right now... symptoms, not a disease and try to cope. I do know that it is easier said than done. Sleep when you can, don't try to overdue it and try not to panic.
Everyone on this board are great listeners and if you just need to vent, vent, but don't put your life on hold for something of the unknown right now. Is there a close friend that you can confide in with your fears? I really don't have any close friends, except my family, the one I did have, freaked as soon as I told her (ignorance of the disease) and hasn't talked to me since, so it's been easier for me to just update my 'virtual friends' here and that's OK with me. I hope this has given you some comfort from one newbie to another. Welcome friend! :o)
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