Last year sometime around April 2014 I was diagnosed with MS and my first reaction was "really?" .. I mean I had heard about this condition but never imagined I could ever get that which is probably true for almost all cases when you realize you have it.
Life hasn't changed much expect for the flare up's here and der..Initially I experienced issues with my eye sight and had double vision for about 2 weeks, life was tough because I couldn't drive or see properly at night because I saw double of everything! and that was accompanied by some facial tension on my right side along with a constant burning sensation on my tongue. That was when I had decided to consult a neurologist and get a MRI of my brain done with with a lumbar puncture procedure where they insert a needle into your spinal cord and take fluid out to confirm the diagnosis... Its not painful but feels so bloody weird when they do that!
Once confirmed I was told that this is a benign MS and not a progressive one which was some consolation I suppose but none the less they wanted me to start taking steroids to reduce the re-lapses and flare up's but I decided not to because I dont want to take steroids for the rest of my life and after reading about steroids and the side effects they have I took a call not to take them... I dont know if that is the right thing to do but that is just my personal choice.
After the episode of my double vision I didnt have any major re-lapses until now where it looks like the left part of my face has turned weak and I cant move it freely and my speech is a little slurred, this has been going since 4 days now and I am seeing a doctor tomorrow in the German Neuroscience Centre here in Dubai and get myself examined again. Its going to be the same thing I suppose of taking a new MRI to see how far the MS has progressed if at all and see what needs to be done. Since there is no medical cure for this condition I have to live with this for the rest of my life unless some medical whiz comes up with a cure!
So as of now I just have to maintain balanced low fat diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoid processed food as much as I can. Life isn't really miserable at this stage but a little annoying that's all... I can still pretty much do what I want to and my normal day to day activity isn't hampered but when your speech is affected that's kinda irritating with the headaches that happen on and off so here's hoping it goes away sooner rather than later and now since I will make an effort to live healthy and avoid foods that are not good maybe the flare up's wont happen again or at best be short lived!
So lets see how it goes tommorow and here's keeping fingers crossed!