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   Posted 2/2/2007 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
i think i have ms i have had numerous blood tests they have came back ok i get my mri scan in 13 days i have left weak leg and left weak arm and fatigue i am struggling with my 3 dogs at the moment i also have 2 sons aged 8 and 12 i dont take them out during the day kids are at school and hubby works so no one else can take them for a walk its not fair on the dogs but i dont want to part with them either if it is ms it will get worse later on  does anyone else cope with dogs kids and having ms i suppose everyone is different but the way i feel at the moment i cant cope with them will it get harder,thanks

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   Posted 2/2/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Kirsty

I know u'r feeling overwhelmed right now, but i believe this will get better for u. At first my fatigue was so absolutely consuming that i felt surly will lose everything, but i got past that. I have three little girls, 12, 9, 8, and they are a big handful. My husband works full time and i stay home (thank goodness) and even still with being home all day i couldn't manage to take care of things as they needed to be. In time, and with help from my docs thru med, i did get past it. Now my fatigue is MUCH better...not the ms fatigue that u hear about on a daily basis. There are bad days to be sure, but overall i'm near where i was...quite near...before i started to have any symptoms at all. MANY MANY people work full time jobs and care for homes with children and cope with ms. How do they do it?? I don't me they're heros...but they do and u will do as well too. U'r doc can give u meds to help with fatigue...Provigil is a good one...and that should help. If u don't have an appt scheduled soon, call him. Get him to either call something in for u to try or push them to get u in to see him. As for the dogs, can u call someone to help u with them for now? Is there a neighbor or other person who is nearby enuf to give them a walk at least once a day until u can get back to u'rself? If neither of these is an option or if u really feel u need more help than that, what about boarding them at the local vet for a few weeks? Hang in tough as that is right now...and u WILL get thru this.
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   Posted 2/2/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kristy,
    I wanted to wish you my best with the testing and I hope you get to feeling better and figure out the problem soon.  As for having MS with kids and dogs, well we have 5 kids and 4 dogs.  It can be difficult in the beginning but it does get easier with a lot of understanding and help from the family and some adapatation in daily routine.  If it does turn out to be MS, some medications might help with your symptoms.  You can always call your doctor now and see if they'd be willing to treat your symptoms now since you are having such trouble. 
    For your dogs, not sure what type of living situation you are in or where but there are are some options.  Other than what Rhonda already mentioned, you could see if there are any dog walking services in your area or call your vet and see if anyone around you does this.  Do you live in a house maybe where you could put up a fence to just let them outside instead of walking them? 
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