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   Posted 4/4/2007 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
I haven't posted much lately, but have been reading all of your posts.  I guess today I feel like venting to those who understand.
The last year has been a challenge to say the least.  Shortly after my diagnosis my future mother in law got ill and we struggled all year to get her better.  During that time I had at least 7 relapses, the last one was last July not long after starting Betaseron.  That one affected my right arm and I'm thinking after this long it has probably healed as much as it's going to. 
The last couple weeks have been really hard.  We finally got my mother in law to go to the hospital, and she passed away 10 days later.  Needless to say it's been very stressful and physically exhausting with funeral arrangements, cleaning out her apartment etc.  A couple times I thought I would collapse I was so tired, but kept going because my fiance isn't well either as some of you know (kidney disease) and I just couldn't leave him alone through this.
We are relieved that she isn't struggling anymore and is in a better place.  She was the sweetest little scottish lady you could ever meet. 
The last few weeks I've been having pin prick sensations on different areas of both sides of my face and half of my nose goes numb and/or cold.  It lasts a very short time.  I also get a feeling of chills running down one side of my body when I'm not cold.  I'm hoping these things are from MS damage and exhaustion, not a new flare trying to come out as they are new symptoms but don't last long.  My legs have also been bothering me at night, they ache, sometimes waking me up.  I think they are just dog tired. 
Anyway, thanks for listening.  I'm hoping for a new start where my fiance and I can both focus on own health more, and I hope to get back to my previous level of symptoms after more rest.  The Betaseron really seems to be doing it's job, and for that I am so very thankful.  I have a feeling I would not be doing real great at this point without it after my rough introduction to this MonSter and all the lingering effects from the relapses that seem to be here to stay. 
Fingers crossed!


Hope you are all doing ok!


Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron

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   Posted 4/4/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm so sorry for your loss!

Stress -- and you've certainly had more than your share! -- can sometimes trigger a flare.  Usually once the stress passes, things will subside again.  Sounds like you're way fatigued, way stressed, and all that is contributing to the situation, in very negative ways.  I hope you can find some time for yourselves, and get a bit of rest. Take care.

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   Posted 4/4/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear about your mom-in-law Shar. Try to take it easy for a couple weeks now and hopefully things will start subsiding. I know easier said than done, but you need to, to get yourself well.
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   Posted 4/4/2007 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shar

Ooohhh...i'm so sorry! I'm sure she was a precious person and is missed. I"m also sure she was thankful for u in her life. The others are right...stress and just pushing as u have been will bring on symptoms. U really need to get some rest..not just sleep...time off to just REST. I know that may not be something u can do, but if u can and as u can...take care of u'rself friend. Best wishes to u and please let us all know how u are as u can.
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   Posted 4/4/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Aww Shar, I'm so sorry for your loss.  I'm sure you both will miss her.  Try to take it easy if you can, hopefully all these new things you are experiencing are just do to the stress of the situation and will subside once you rest up some.  Take good care of yourself and please let us know how you are doing.
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   Posted 4/7/2007 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi thanks for all of your replies, you guys always make me feel better :-)
I am feeling better, getting some rest and the symptoms are settling down nicely. 
Now if only things could stay calm for 2 seconds that would be nice. 
The other day I found a breast lump and am waiting for an ultrasound.  The doctor says he thinks I'm fine - that helped a bit.
I'm not sure why all this is happening, but I thank goodness me and my fiance are positive and supportive of each other or we'd both be in the nut house by now! 
Take care,
Diagnosed with MS April 2006
Longstanding anxiety and depression
Currently on Betaseron

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