Recently diagnosed - hi there
I have very recently (this Friday just gone, in fact) been diagnosed with RRMS. This follows on from a diagnosis of CIS in August 2014, after an episode of extreme numbness from the waist down. I remain convinced that these and other symptoms I have had all stem from a bout of ill health (a severe cold, with 'flu-like symptoms, that I was unable to shake for about 2 monhts, until it culminated in labyrinthitis) in November 2013, as prior to this point I had always been very healthy, and rarely suffered more than a common cold.
I am 26. Whilst I accept that this is within the accepted age parameters for diagnosis, I don't accept that my CNS just randomly decided to break down after being almost obstinately healthy for my whole life to date. I am due to marry my partner in less than 6 weeks. Maybe it's a fault of character, but I worry that I might be a little too stubborn to just sit down and shut up about the build up to my diagnosis, or to dismiss them as possibly causal, at this stage of my life.
The first alternative to spontaneous system combustion that I jumped to was Lyme disease, oweing to a love of hiking and my extra-curricular activities during my university studies. (I read Archaeology, and was a member of the university caving society. Both invariably involved tramping through long grass in both the UK and abroad, and as I'd been bitten any number of times within that three year period, it seemed like a fair shout). I tested negative for Lyme, and oweing to the sheer volume of strains that my (excellent) GP tested for, am fairly confident that I don't have it. However, oweing to the respiratory nature of the initial sickness, I have been wondering recently if perhaps I fall into the subset hypothesised by Drs Wheldon and Stratton.
However, I have no idea where to start. Right now, my priority is avoiding further relapses, as I am aware that I might not recover so well from a second or subsequent incidents. My neurologist will be starting me on Tecfidera this week, although I am uncertain whether taking something designed to modify the immune system is going to do me many favours if there does turn out to be an underlying infection.
I've cast the line out this morning, as I had to get it off my chest before I head into the office for the day. I hope to hear from someone. Having (somewhat shamelessly) pigged out on the contents of this site and the forums within, you all seem like very well-educated and kind people.