My health has declined significantly over, roughly, tge last 2 years. My dr. has been resistant to testing because I am breastfeeding and she said we can't treat until she weans and I am stubborn and despite the depth of my misery I refuse to wean her until she is ready unless I HAVE TO. I finally managed to get her to take my issues seriously and she strongly suspects MS. I am waiting an MRI of my brain w/o contrast on Monday (day after tomorrow). Im terrified of an MS diagnosis but desperate to know what is wrong with me. Im praying its something that we can treat and cure and I can return to 100%. The worst of my symptoms come in flares. For example, I am.currently mid-flare and I am so weak that my 20 pound daughter may as well weigh 200, my legs are like jello by the end of the day, yesterday my arms felt so heavy that I didnt even have the energy for eat dinner, I get horrible dizzy spells and visual distubances to the point I fear driving because I never know when they will hit, limbs "jump" for no reason or sometimes relax involuntarily causing near falls and a whole lots of dropping things, today my right shoulder is so tight and painful that I can barely use that arm... the list goes on and on but I wont waist your time listing ALL of them.
Anyway, here are my questions- is the MRI without contrast on only my brain enough, or should I request contrast and that the MRI include my spine even though this will mean having to reschedule my MRI so the insurance can approve it with the added items? Could I possibly see improvement in symptoms that are already present once treatment begins, if diagnosed with MS? As it stands right now I cannot work and I am so sick of feeling like I am at least twice my age. Is there any hope of being able to return to the workforce and to my life not being governed by my symptoms? Once you were diagnosed and began treatment, how much did it slow the progression of your MS? And, finally, could anyone possibly give me some tips on how to deal with some or all of my symptoms???