I am gonna try to make this brief, quick history. I was only recently diagnosed, but I have had problem for about 20 years. I had a sever attck when 19, I could barely walk for like 4-5 days. Went away for approximatley 5-6 years. Then a little attack, and discomboblulation for a few years, then from 25-32 or so no problems at all. All the while I was able to backpack miles into the mountains with minimal discomfort. I am not 38 years old and can still do most things. I have gait issues and tinglin etc at night. I Still workout, can walk a mile or so before I get the gate issue bad. Minor fatigue. I have never in my life ever experianced any pain. Just discomboblation. I have some bad days where I can walk less, and loss of balance a little. What i am saying is, that if I just periodcally rest (unfortunatlly I have a job where I walk all day) I am cool. Should I take the meds? Would meds help just bad gait and a liitle bit of fatigue? Is it worth the side effects? I know this is very vague, but my doctor says not too because I seem okay, but I just wonder? Sorry for bad typing but this is my laptop. Thanks in advance.
P.S. I am going to college to be a teacher (easier on MS!) is there any finnancial aide for M.S. victems. I have paid my dues for 25 years and could use a lil help. thanks and good luck to all.
Mostly I echo what everyone else has said. You need to talk with your doctor about
why he doesn't recommend the meds. Many neuros (and the National MS Society) recommend starting them early. I'm not sure what you mean by "discomboblation"...
but it sounds like you're experiencing some pretty typical signs of MS...difficulty with gait, balance, fatigue.
The meds WON'T change any of the symptoms you experience. They're not designed for that. They ARE intended to slow the course and progression of the disease, and perhaps you won't get any further damage than you now experience. But no, they won't help with balance or fatigue or gait -- there are some meds you can try for some of those things, but not the meds generally prescribed for MS.
They do cost a lot...but if you have an insurance plan that pays for prescription drugs, the plan will usually cover at least some of the cost of the prescription for this, too.
As for financial aid for MS "victims"...depends on the college. Some colleges have financial aid for people with disabilities, or scholarships. The National MS Society also offers modest scholarships, generally for children of folks with MS, but you could check there and see what might be available: www.nmss.org is the website.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....