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Too young for this

I am 25 and was just recently diagnosed. Has anyone else been this young with M.S.?

  1. Hi - I was diagnosed last year at the age of 27. I've been diagnosed for 6 months now, and being diagnosed so young definintly has it's issues. Me & my husband are trying to start a family, but you can't/shouldn't get pregnant when you are the MS meds, that's the biggest issue we are having.... so I haven't started any modifiying drugs yet. Also, I am suffering from some major cognitive issues..they come & go, but I'm scared that it will effect my career.

    BUT - I think being diagnosed young is better than receiving a diagnoses at an older age where you have the potential of already having more damage and farther along within a certain MS stage.

    It took me a while to deal with the fact that I had MS. I went through sad, angry, why me, I can handle this...then came my 2nd episode and I think that's when it finally started to sink in... and now I'm on my third episode and I'm handling it much better.

    My advice - get your diet straight... and start doing yoga!! I do the dvds and they have helped with my strength, flexibility, and they calm my nerves (stress brings on episodes). Also - I have started having cognitive issues, so I'd suggest start doing mind games to exercise your brain... might sound weird, but for real - you'll be thankful you did!!!

    I know I've ranted on here a lot, but being so close in age & both dealing with having MS so young it just kind of start spilling out. I hope this helps!!!

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      Hi, I was diagnosed when I was 19 following a bout of Optic neuritis when I was 17 years of age, Was pretty rough going, as the only treatments really were only to do your own injections, which I’m sure many of you are very familiar with too. Best tax consultant near me
      Getting to grips with this was hard, but the constant symptoms at that time really were one after another, as soon as one thing cleared up, another began. Pretty sole destroying at the time, when your really supposed to be choosing career and things!
      Thanks for sharing your diagnosis information, I thought I was young to be diagnosed with this, but as I see now, people are definitely being diagnosed younger than I imagine!

      But now I’m at a weird stage, couldn’t continue with my profession choice (hairdresser) but now I see that I might of researched it more, in hindsight. I have worked since, but nothing really worked out in the long run, but I’ll keep looking/ training best I can! It was fun at the time, but now I really do just feel like I exist, and that’s it!
      And It makes me pretty sad sometimes, but cant dwell on these things I guess!! I’m 31 now, so onwards and upwards, right??

      I’m not sure if this should have been posted on a different conversation stream, and I’m sorry it spiralled into something else, but I will always live by the’ Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst’ quote!
      Thanks for listening, take care x

      have you sorted out the question?

  2. Hi Ashley,
    I was diagnosed at the ripe old age of 21, after having a major exacerbation two days after my college graduation. I had been having weird numbness and probably other symptoms from about 15. I am now 37 and have been dealing with this pain-in-the-butt disease for over 15 years. I still have been able to complete graduate school, get married, start a family and grow and enjoy a pretty successful career. All this while dealing with RRMS and then SPMS for the last 5 years. Don't give up before you have a chance to make yourself! I had a defining moment shortly after my diagnosis where I committed that MS would never stop me. I had to walk a ways from the parking lot of my university where I needed to turn in my full grad school application, and my bladder decided to tell me I was hot and I needed to go right now! I rushed to the nearest bathroom I could find and ran into the door. My heavy backpack thew me off balance, and I slammed into the doorframe and then to the floor. I ended up with whiplash and wet pants! After falling apart and sobbing for a while, I decided that I had to go on, so I went, wet pants and all, and turned in the paperwork, and then went to class. luckily I had on a long shirt and black pants!
    It was horrifying at the time, and I have learned over the years that those moments will always come when I have to make the conscious decision to get up. Let the tears come when you need to, but don't let them stop you.

    best wishes to you 😀

    1. I to was diagnosed at 25. It's a crazy process to go thru this I know. But we will get thru it. I've was down about it but I know there is still stuff to look forward to. We have it and there is nothing we can do about it. Hang in there. 😉 this is new to me also. But Ms don't have me remember that! Live for today

      1. Hi Ashley,
        I am 26 and was just diagnosed August 22, 2013 so a newbie to this fabulous disease as well. Being this young and diagnosed is difficult but it isn't a death sentence. I have found comfort in leaning on family and friends who have been more than supportive and a distant relative also has it and has been walking me through things. The only bummer is I may never walk normal again due to not getting in right away as I had the attidue of "as long as I can adapt to it I don't need to be seen"..which is kicking me in the butt now but it is a relief knowing why I am the way I am.

        For you others that posted, thank you. Your stories and the fact you all were diagnosed at young ages as well is nice to relate to!

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