BGD2ME: I was misdiagnosed for years until a full blown exacerbation. I am 52 yrs old, trained in med field and never saw it coming. Knew something wasn't right, just didn't know what. Have other med problems, but to look at me, no one can believe I have even a simple problem. My advise is to get a pocket calendar (like the ck bk type) and list any unusual symptoms & if there was any stress, etc that might have brought this on. I teach asthma mgt & have pts do this. It is much easier for me to tell what is going on with them when I review the calendar (or did review ... no longer can wk). This will help your neuro a great deal. It will also help you because various things set off episodes. Heat especially affects my cognitive thinking, gait, & balance. By using the calendar, you may start to see a pattern of what might have set u off. I learned quickly hot showers (used to be favorite) is a BIG no no. Reading a lot instead of watching tv @ night helps me w/cogn thinking. I had to learn to "go w/flow" & not let MS get best of me... the angrier I became when I couldn't do something, the worse symptoms became. That's when I take "realty" break ... cup of tea w/good bk, listen to music (the CD this site has been a great help), etc. I still have a hard time dealing w/"Peggy" (my left unfunctionally correct leg ). My neighbors probably still wonder who is "Peggy" & why am I constantly fussing at her ... they probably think it's my "imaginary friend" ! There are several other med problems that mimic MS and the MD is the only one that can advise u what is wrong, what it is, & what path to take. The more he/she knows about your symptoms & daily life changes, the faster he can make a conclusion. Good luck & remember patience is a must, especially for us! (A good sense of humor helps ease the tension.)
Not MD, just another MS traveler.