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01 March 2010 @ 11:07 am
I was diagnosed in June 2009. It has progressed a little faster than I expected, with symptoms my neurologist says there is little to be done for. Steroids have not helped any exacerbation and in January I started my Copaxone regularly (after a period of denial and issues getting used to the painful injections). I also take Ibuprofen 800mg and Baclofen 20mg 3x daily, Vitamin D, C and B Complex and Melatonin for sleep, I was already on Celexa for depressive symptoms related to Fibromyalgia, but since my diagnosis of MS, my dosage has tripled. I have always worked in high stress, demanding positions and typically have worked at least 2 jobs, but I find myself flagging under the fatigue. I don't know anyone else who has this disease, despite hearing from so many people "oh, I know someone who has that". I'm a mental health professional so I know the importance of managing stress and caring for my mental and emotional health, but I find myself at the end of my rope as I spend another day off work due to pain.  
Current Mood: tiredtired
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh boy can I relate. I was diagnosed recently. I am so sick of friends telling me they know so and so who has it and they are fine. Well so and so is not me. I too have a stressful job and do not know anyone with ms. I am afraid if I talk to so and so they will not feel as I do because they have known longer than I have that they have ms and they are dealing with it just fine. Thats according to friends. I am on Copaxone and am so sick of injecting myself daily. This disease is really pissing me off and I hope that I can calm down and grow into this a bit more gracefully.
(Anonymous) on March 28th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: ms
Hang in there! I've recently lost a significant amount of usage of my legs and am waiting anxiously to see if it is just an exacerbation or progression. I finally started injecting only my hips and stomach because I just couldn't tolerate them elsewhere because they sting like hell. I hope you have an autoinject? I don't know what I'd do if I had to manually inject. Probably wouldn't take them at all. Grace takes time. Good luck!
(Anonymous) on September 13th, 2010 01:06 am (UTC)
Hi, I'm a nurse and was just diagnosed with MS. I am still researching about Copaxone but will probably go on it. I have done alot of research and reading, have you? I am following Dr Swank who researched MS and am on a low saturated fat diet, no red meat, only skinless chicken and lots of fish. Diet is very important in MS treatment and recovery. There is the MS Recovery Diet book and Over coming MS, written by a Doctor in Australia with MS and no relapses in over 10 years. This is sthe path I am going to follow, I am positive and will beat this thing as much as i can. Mind over matter is very important so is slowing down with work. You must know that all already as you are a health professional but I just wanted to post this. Good Luck, I am only looking forward and not going to let this disease rule me.