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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/8/2006 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone... hopefully someone out there remembers me... it's been about a month or two.   Uppitycats? :)
Well, I got a job, about a month later my s/o quit his job.  He couldn't call in anymore and couldn't not call in... so... now we have no insurance for him.  No diagnoses either.  He is still in bad shape.  He doesn't seem to have any energy.  Even when we are going from his house to mine or vice versus he wants to take a little nap first.  It's so not like him.  He has been sick since June.  I told him a couple days ago that if he feels good and isn't dizzy or weak or any of the other stuff even for just one day, to write it down!!! I want to see if it is like "seperated by time & space" as they say.  Isn't the attacks suppose to be at least 24 hours apart?  He never went to the eye doctor either but has been complaining about his eyes burning and feeling like sandpaper.  Is that a familiar eye symptom? I know eye pain is, but that seems more specific.  Well, no disability because of no diagnoses.  No job because of symptoms, (he talks about going back to work all the time, but I really don't see how).  Any advice other than what we should have done differently, lol, cause it's a little late now. :)  Please comment anyone, thanks!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/8/2006 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh and one more question.  If you have an MRI right when you first start experiencing symptoms is it likely that nothing would show up?  Assuming that this hasn't been creeping up on him slowly for a couple years.  I mean, like if he were to go get another MRI in a year and a half (he's been sick since June) then it would probably show up right, if that's what it was?


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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 10/8/2006 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   

A few random thoughts...

Something is considered a "symptom" of MS if it lasts for at least 24 hours (not separated by a 24 hour period).  Separate attacks, at least 24 hours apart, is different .. that would be something new, a new or different symptom, not a continuation of problems.

His symptoms...I hate to say this as I don't want to cause controversy (you might have missed a small period of ugliness here)  ..but indeed, if he is an outdoors sort of person, has he considered that he has Lyme disease?  His symptoms sound a lot like what my husband experienced when he had Lyme, a couple of years ago. A doctor should be able to determine this through blood tests

(and yes, before the Lymies get all hot-and-bothered, I KNOW that Lyme tests aren't all that accurate, but if the guy has been sick this long, maybe they will be; my husband's were...)

and if it is Lyme, a course or two of heavy-duty antibiotics, taken over at least one month, or longer (my husband had them for 10 weeks), and it should be OK.

The burning itching eyes aren't real typical of MS..but could indicate some problems with thyroid..which also could explain some of the other problems he's experiencing.

An MRI can change from time to time, and if he gets another one in a year or so, it may...or may up some problems. (It might not be neurological in nature, whatever is ailing him. Might not be something that shows up on an MRI!, but if he's not pursuing it with a doctor, who knows??)


I'm sorry he quit his job..and lost the medical coverage.  Depending on what state you live in, there may be some medical care for indigent people that he'd be eligible for.



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

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