Hi everyone ,
My name is Manel , i´m a 28 years old guy from Portugal.
I´ve been diagnosed with Relapsing-remitting MS last summer althought my first incident was 5 years ago.
Í´ve had 2 big ones and two lighter ones a short while after those and always with the same symptoms of the previous one.
It´s my first post on an MS forum ever . It took me a while to make the decision to take this step but now i can see it´s the thing to do.
This desease has been very hard to acept for me (as for everyone i guess ) , i used to be a professional athlete (rugby) and a very active person , always doing a thousand things and always open to some more.
That as changed now. I now am at the verge of taking that famous decision : To medicate or not to medicate - thats the question.
This are the facts:
I always recovered totally from everything and have no permanent sequels (that i know of) , one time my balance and right limbs where affected , and the other tme it was my vision.
I feel good and healthy although i notice that i get tired more easilly and have adapted my lifestyle and work to this.
My neuro has advised me start on Betaferon.I´ve now done the exams to get government sponsrship for that and it should be ok.
The problems is that i think that whitout noticing i am blocking that in mi mind , as i feel great and know the side effects that this drug has.
I have joined a local support group and seen all kinds of cases and i can´t seem to form a definite opinion about this. Off course all of this has been haunting me on a daily basis .(i dont sleep thinking about it , i dont wake up to go to work , i go late or call in sick , then i have problems ).Its really affecting my mind right now.
I need some advise. Have any of you guys been in this situation ??
I would love to hear your feedback.
P.S - Sorry if my english looks strange , its not my native language , although its my work one.
All the best for everyone here , we all deserve that.