My symptoms are mild but ever present

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   Posted 1/13/2007 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello there,

I just stumbled upon this forum. I am so excited! I have literally not spoken to anyone with MS ever! I was diagnosed in July. I am doing okay. I am using copaxone. My symptoms are mild but ever present. I am still adjusting to the whole 'I have MS' thing. Most days I am fine. I am very busy - I teach 5th grade full time and am a wife and mom (two boys aged 9 years and 12 years). I hope to meet some fun and suppotive people and I hope I can support others.

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   Posted 1/13/2007 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen,
    I am very happy that you found us too! tongue Glad to hear you are doing ok and have started progression therapy.  Feel free to jump into the conversations or ask questions anytime. 
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   Posted 1/13/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have a happy and productive life. I hope you'll jump in to conversations with your positive attitude.
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   Posted 1/13/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen...welcome!! I am fairly new myself! Your positive and upbeat attititude is so refreshing and uplifting. I have not been diagnosed with MS or anything just (yet) but I do experience a bunch of symptoms. I will say that people like you help people like me with the sometimes negative attitude. I guess I am just scared because I don't know whats causing my symptoms. I was wondering Gretchen, what were your symptoms before being diagnosed?? Were they typical ms like symptoms? Did your brain mri show lesions? Hope you don't mind me asking these questions. And also, one last your vision affected in any way?

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   Posted 1/13/2007 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Gretchen!!

Good to see u found us!! Sounds like u have a great family and life!! I'm so glad u'r doing well with ms and the meds and the adjustments that having ms sometimes brings. There are some here who are also on Copaxone and should be able to answer any question that may arise with u as well as asking u questions! It's so good to have u and i look forward to getting to know u better. As Kimber and Uppitycats have already said, i hope u'll jump in on converstions and post as much as u want! I'd also like to add the we have live chat on Monday's at 6:00pm (cst). Please join us anytime. It's a great chance to talk and get to know each other while getting/giving some answers in real time. Welcome again to the board!
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   Posted 1/13/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for all the replies.  I am so happy to talk to others who are dealing with the same issues I am.  My symptoms were vertigo and balance issues that started in late May.   My PCP thought maybe inner infection. Those symptoms worsened until on June 23 I couldn't walk due to the 'spins'.  At the same time I developed numbness in left hand and double vision.  My husband took my to the hospital where I was diagnosed with a stroke identifed by a white spot on my brain (lesion).  I was release 4 days later.  Three weeks later I had a relapse and thought I was having another stroke.  Back to the hospital for another MRI and that is when they found a second lesion.  The doctor then said 'nope not a stroke - not sure what it is.'  I was referred to UCLA med center for more tests.  They found one more lesion on my spine. The other tests all pointed to MS - evoked response and lumbar puncture.   I started copaxone about 3 months ago.  My current symptoms are again, mild but ever present.  Balance and vertigo, vision is not normal but not too bad - I have tracking issues and read better with a book mark under the line ( like my students :) chronic constipation, some fatigue ( not enough to stop me but I sleep like the dead), some left leg weakness.  I feel extremely blessed that I received a quick diagnosis and started a med therapy so soon.  My husband monitors my balance and vertigo with what we call the 'beer rating scale'.  This came about when he was trying hard to relate to my symptoms and I told him it was like being drunk only without the cognitive impairment.  He continued by asking how many beers and so the beer rating scale was started! :)  We also joke about finding the perfect 'candy apple red rascal scooter'.  We deal with all our issues with smart-ass humor. I live day to day and am happy and grateful when my feet feel the ground in the morning.  Again, thanks for the great replies - I'm hooked!

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   Posted 1/13/2007 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Awesome Attitude Gretchen! Welcome!
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   Posted 1/17/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   


You will love it here.


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   Posted 1/17/2007 5:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Gretchen.


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