I am sorry you are not feeling well. For me, a flare or relapse, is when any of my baseline symptoms is significantly worse or I have new symptoms for a period of 24 hours or more. I have never been incapacitated but for the most part I could not work. I was pretty much sick in bed or on the couch. I do have some fluctuating of my symptoms day to day and week to week. I have had three flares and I treated one with the IV steriods. One thing to remember with the steroids; they will not stop any progression you are having. They will not limit any possible disability you may develop. The steriods only make you more comfortable sooner. Typically after you flare, you will feel better with the passage of time and get back to your baseline symptoms ( for me I always add a few more sypmtoms after each flare ). Steroids help you get there sooner. Many people decide the side effects from the steroids are worse than the MS symptoms themselves and forego steroid treatment. It is a bit like taking an aspirin for a headache. It simply helps some manage those symptoms a bit. The flare will pass on its own.
Make sure you notify your doctor. You may want to see if your MRI is with and without contrast. If you are, as you think you are, flaring, then the contrast can show that on the MRI. Any active lesions, if indeed MS is what is going on with you, will show up brightly due to the contrast. Good luck and let us know how you are doing.
Love and prayers,
Diagnosed with MS July 2006
Co-moderator MS forum
I was strongest when I laughed at my weakness.