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   Posted 5/27/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i'd like to start this by saying that my thoughts about having ms didn't start until I saw my aunt who has ms and is relegated to a walker right now.. which got me worried about what I am experiencing right now.
i am a 22 year old male, just out of college. i will be embarking on my first year of law school next year. about 2 weeks ago i was really badly burned while on senior week. i was already partying heavily and not getting much sleep, so being burned so bad just added to my exhaustion. since my graduation, may 18th, i've just been more tired than usual. i am able to work out everyday with the same regimen, but am very tired afterwards (maybe this is because i just started working out again after a semester of dormancy?). i haven't been outrageously tired, i still am able to accomplish everything i set out to do during the day. i just do not feel as active as i normally am. it's like a bothersome groggy or cloudy feeling that follows me through the day. i don't have any numbness or pain anywhere, just normal tightness from working out (or so i think). i feel like i am having unnecessary anxiety about being ill, and these symptoms could be the accumulation of of stressing about next year and having the illness itself. it could also be that i have this right ear stuffiness that won't go away? i don't know. i can acknowledge that i might have an anxiety disorder or hypochondria, but if i could get any insight whatsoever that would be great. thank you.

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   Posted 5/27/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Fatigue in and of itself does not mean you have..or might in the future have..MS. I suspect you're just flat burned out...tired...stressed...probaby need a break. I think your "self-diagnosis" is probably accurate..."...having unnecessary anxiety about being ill, and these symptoms could be the accumulation of stressing about next year..."

If there is any sort of hereditary "nature" of MS, it is MUCH more likely that you'd have a parent with it, not an aunt. I think a good week or so of "chilling out", resting in the sun (assuming there might be some sun in your area), maybe a cold drink of your choice or two is in order.

But then,
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 5/27/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   


I am sorry you are so worried.  I think you hit the nail on the head though with the anxiety or stress about being ill.  If you saw  your aunt and now you are worried about having MS, then I can say I really don't think you have anything to worry about.  I would like to encourage you to see your doctor and share with him or her what you shared with us in your last line.  Please don't let this go.  Having an anxiety disorder or hypochondriasis is nothing to scoff at.  Both are real illnesses that need treatment in order for your life and health to be at their best. 

I wish you the best of luck. 

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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   Posted 5/28/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your words of encouragement. i too thought it was kind of suspicious too that my fear of having the illness came after witnessing my aunt. i will be going to talk with the school counselor this coming fall, thank you so much.

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   Posted 5/28/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kinglax

I think that's an excellent choice! I'm so glad to know u'll be visiting with u'r counselor in the fall, but in the meantime u may want to check out our Anxiety forum. It's a great resource and may be able to give u some sound advice on how to deal with this until u've spoken to u'r counselor. I'd also reccommend u seeing a counselor sooner than the fall if u find this is something worsening. It's so much better to be proactive as u've been here today. Take care and best wishes friend.
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