I just want to know is there anyone here that has not been on medication for a long time and functions fine without it, and if so what do you do to keep symptoms bay.
I was diagnosed in the late 80s, the stone age of MS, so to speak. Some neurologists thought MS was viral and suggested strong anti-virals, others thought auto-immune; very few drugs available and it was recommended I try experimental chemotherapy -- not what I wanted to hear.
About at that time I checked out of the conventional medicine scene and thought, "Physician, heal thy self." So I spent about 15 years with no treatment, having no major attacks (not like my first one!), some minor ones and varying symptoms. During that time I tried all sorts of alternative treatments and ideas, but in hindsight I'd chalk my "success" up to luck, low stress, and a healthy diet of sorts.
A later attack and the fact that I found no cure in the alternative world pushed me back into the conventional medical arena. In my "time away" there are more drugs available, but IMO a shocking lack of actual progress in finding out what causes the disease and/or how the brain actually works.
My advice to you would be to realize you do
have this disease, and it isn't going away -- it's going to get worse. Therefore, IMO, you should learn about it
. Since I have a computer science background and like and listen to numbers, the course of the disease is better if you do a DMD/DMT. And as the videos in that link will advise, try to get on the best
(not the cheapest, which is what many insurance companies will try to do) medicine you can get. FWIW.