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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 2/3/2010 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I bring greetings from the Prostate Cancer Board.  I had surgery for prostate cancer in May 2008 - so far, so good.
But now I have a question about my wife.
She got her test results today (MRI of the part of her brain over her right eye, blood work, I'm not sure what else) and the doctor said the tests were "consistent" with MS but "hardly conclusive."  We are setting up additional testing, including a more comprehensive MRI.  It will probably be several weeks before she has the additional tests.
She is 45.  Her symptoms:
1. Occasional "white" field of view in her right eye when she first lays down; lasts a few seconds to maybe a minute.  Never the left eye and always resolves itself.  Maybe a dozen episodes in the past 2-3 months.  This is what sent her to the doctor.
2. Occasional light tingling in a few fingers or toes.  Maximum duration maybe 10 minutes, usually less.  Started maybe 3 months ago.
3. Occasional nausea; she's lost a couple of pounds in 2-3 months.
No muscle trembling or tremors, no fatigue, no heat sensitivity, no walking or balance or coordination problems, no bladder or bowel disfunctions, no vertigo, no pain, no cognitive problems.  No family history of MS on her mother's side; we know nothing about her father's side.
They initially thought it might be cardiovascular, but they have ruled that out.  Today's tests were conducted by a neurologist.
I know that it is what it is and that we will find out (presumably) when we get the test results back.  But in the meantime, anyone care to speculate as a layperson how worried I should be?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
No sense worrying about something that hasn't happened yet is what I would say.  I'm sorry, I know the testing process is tedious and stressful, but you will just have to hang in there.  Hopefully you are working with good doctors that will keep looking until they find the right answer.
A diagnosis of MS is not the end of the world.  It is difficult to come to terms with and requires a lot of adjustments, but there are many people who are living full lives with MS.  There are many treatments available to help alleviate symptoms and also to help slow the progression of the disease.  
I hope you and your wife can hang in there and that you get some answers soon. 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).


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