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   Posted 11/19/2007 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I am still waiting in limbo to find out if I have MS or not.  But I was wondering are mood swings common with MS?  I have been having horrible mood swings lately, and I feel so bad when I lash out at my husband, but I feel like I cant control it.  I don't know if its the stress of not knowing exactly what is going on with me, or something else.  I have noticed that it is worse at night when I am exhausted and in pain from a long day at school (I am a second grade teacher).  Anyone else have this problem?  I am going to bring it up when I see the MS specialist on the 27th, but thought I would mention it here too.  Anyone know what helps with the mood swings?  I have read that St.John's Wort helps, but it make birth control uneffective, which would be bad for me.  So anything besides that?
Thanks in advance!

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   Posted 11/20/2007 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Mood swings can happen with MS..but of course with lots of other things, too. Hormonal imbalances can happen with women. You didn't mention how old you are.  Early menopause can start affecting hormones as early as in your mid-late 30's, and cause all sorts of problems. It sounds like you're on birth control?  Maybe a different dose of that would help?  YOu might want to ask your gynocologist about it, too.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Elaina,

I have had mood swings too.  I still don't know what caused them but they happened a few months after being diagnosed.  I attributed them to adjusting to my diagnosis and going through the grieving process.  My husband was extremely supportive and helped me get through them.  I let both my neurologist and my pcp know and we did a watch and wait sort of strategy.  I did mellow out over a few months.  Mood swings can be caused by so many things.  Let your doctor(s) know.  I am a teacher as well (5th grade) and that is a stressful job.  Make sure you are taking really good care of yourself until you are feeling more like  yourself again.  Good luck and let us know how you are doing.

Love and prayers,


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   Posted 11/20/2007 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I am only 24 so I hope it is not early menopause! I have been on birth control for several years, this one in particular for over 2 and I have not had this problem until recently. Maybe I will make an appt with my GYN to be sure.....

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