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    I was thinking I had a brain tumor when i was admitted to a psych hospital and found out that I have MS!
    So...I'm not dyeing...
    This was in 1993, when I was 29.
  • Nana_or
    You have company. At 30, I was a maybe MS. The next episod was at 60. I was finally dx 5 weeks ago at age 69. O will begin Copaxon this week. It is a relief to know that all the weird things that happen is not just mystery symptoms.
  • jandj400
    I was 20 when diagnosed
  • Jess
    I was 23 or 24 when I was diagnosed.  I also had vision problems - optic neuritis.  I went to an opthomologist and then next I believe it was the neuro opthomologist (I'm not 100% sure though)  Then I was referred to a neurologist and had a sinal tap to check my spinal fluids  and was diagnosed shortly after that.  I will never forget the spinal headache tht followed the next day!!!  :os
  • kimberlysj
    I too had a huge headache after my spinal tap. It lasted for days. The neurologist who did the procedure had said his patients never get a headache. Well that so wasn't true.!!!!
  • beth67
    I haven’t gotten a direct diagnosis I had a MRI and a Lumbar Puncture. I too needed up with thespinal headache. I needed up having to have a blood patch which I immediately got relief from the headache. The neurologist sent me to a specialist, which wanted another lumbar Puncture because the previous one had to much protein or blood in it. I had no problems with the second one. Even though I won’t get my results back until next month the neurologist told me she 98% sure I have MS. It all started with tremors in my hands and my feet burning and tingling. I now have tremors and spays I bad that my body aches. Sometimes my legs and arms feel as they have weights in them. Anyone else experience this.
  • pmsart
    I'm 63 now but was diagnosed at age 42 but I'm sure I had symptoms years earlier with inner ear infections (virtago or dizziness). I've had ms for 20 yrs now and doing okay. I have more pain now than I did years ago. I quit using my chair and use my walker even tho I'm slow. I'm retired and painting. taking a spanish class, etc. Just stay involved. Enjoy those grandchildren. Just keep on keeping on.  Be grateful to GOD for all that you DO have. 

    Hey, did you  notice it's almost a political advantage to have MS or have family with MS?
    Ann Romney never dramatized her's though. But did you notice how Michelle Obama talked about how pitiful her Dad or Grandad was and how he had to lift one leg and then the other to get in and out was it a car?" She was practicallyl crying.  Give me a break, I don't want pity, do you?  I'm just me - I'm not my ms.
    I'm glad though that MS is getting noticed and maybe that will turn into more awareness with hopefully more donations for more research.
  • Chickadee
    I was 50 when I got my diagnosis, but had had it seven years before that. By the time I got the diagnosis I was relieved to hear that the problem had a name. The problems started in my feet with numbness and tingling. It moved up my legs, and affected my balance. I went from walking fine, to using a cane, to using a walker, and am now full time in a wheelchair. I tell many people," I have MS, but MS does not have me!" every day when we get out of bed, we get to choose how were going to be. I choose joy, happiness, fun, laughter, and love.
  • sukhtobu

    You are a real hero.. I m confused and unsure.. seems like lifeplans are all gone... my daughter asked me "what are you looking forward to? a new life partner? A vacation?" I could not reply...

  • sjnorris89
    I love that quote.!! I have MS but MS doesnt have me.. After reading this im tearing up.  This made my day. thank you 
  • Hank
    I  was diagnosed at 54, which was 20 years ago.  Have primary progressive MS, which is a real creeper.
  • mrsg2013
    I was just diagnosed last week at the age of 36..... Something like 20 lesions on the MRI after totally blind in left eye with optic neuritis.  Total shocker.  Still kinda glad to know why I had bizzaro health issues( mis-diagnosed) now explained.  Haven't started any meds but had steroids introvenously for three days.  Still have pain but better.  Curious about the future, but have made plans for re-prioritizing my life and changing from my high stress job to less stressful one and exercise for the first time in my choice left but to laugh and make fun of my scrambled brains and fuzzy vision qs I wink at the world.....
  • Kiki04

    I was 35, my daughter was diagnosed at 15. The age spread in this post just proves it can hit at any age.

  • bigboysmom
    I was just dx this year at the age of 29. I have most likely have had it for at least 10 years. I was told i was hysteral at best. that the issue I had at 18 was a condition women in their twenty migh have if it didn't go away by thirty to come back. There was nothing wrong with your eyes, have a nice day. You eat to many apples and so on.

    Only reason I was dx was I had a seizure and found decent doctors who acutally cared and still do. I too am releaved!!!

    (sorry eye sight is off)
  • koucla1

    I was 21 when is was dx. there were no MRIs and very little info . That was in 1975 and I had been having a rough go of it for two years prior.  The prognoises was that I would most probably continue to worsen and walking again was a dream. I'm super glad they were wrong,,yes I have MS and Yes I am back on my feet . and now we even have meds...progress looks better every day...

  • natasha77
    I was just diagnosed last month. I am 28 and trying to still get a grip on what's going on.
  • Accidentalmtngirl
    I was diagnosed earlier this year at the age of 52. To the best of anyone's knowledge, I probably had my "first" flare at the age of 31 when I experienced several weeks of double vision and vertigo. After a clean neurological exam, I was referred to an ENT specialist who treated me for labrynthitis or middle ear issues. I could not drive for two months but eventually everything returned to normal and besides periodic dizzy spells which again were attributed to my ear, I was symptom free until March 2012. Like you, the MS diagnosis was the best of the three possible conditions that I was tested for! I'm still struggling with some apparently permanent nerve damage but all in all, I believe now that my past issues now have real meaning and I no longer think of myself as a weak person. In fact, I've done amazingly well considering what was glaring evidence on my recent MRI. The best part is that I can now give myself permission to take it easy from time to time!
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    24.  It sucked.  Still fighting 12 years later! 
  • seenjo11
    I was 45. Diagnosed 4.4.12. I was going for my first PT appt. for my sciatica and the therapist, after giving me the basic reflex and balance tests and watching me walk, told me I should see a neurologist. I did. And the MRI clinched it: MS & sciatica. Scrolling through one's own MRI film is an amazing thing I must say. Best wishes.
  • wjhalpin
    When my neurologist was confirming the diagnosis from the radiologist, she had me sit at her monitor as she scrolled through, pointing out all the white spots that are lesions and explaining why their location on the brain meant MS. It was a weird experience. She was nice but I just felt really weird looking at pictures of my brain with its issues.