The answer I gave her, as to how we know if we are going into a relapse, was: "I'm not sure how one knows exactly. I feel I have been in a relapse since the beginning of the year but my neurologist does not agree with me. I feel when you feel your old symptoms flaring up again, it's a relapse. If you feel new symptoms you have never felt before, you should call your neurologist. Actually, if your old symptoms are flaring up, you should call him too. They usually want to take new MRI's to see what is happening, but even without new lesions showing (as occurred with me), shit.. I'm still having a flare up!" What do I mean by this last part? Well, my MS got worse around November or December (2011) but the pain progressed dramatically by February and my right leg became too weak and unreliable by mid-April to drive anymore. YET, my neuro refuses to believe I'm having a relapse from the lack of enhanced lesions (old or new) in my MRI's. But what about the many people who are diagnosed with MS despite the lack of lesions on their MRI's? Or even those who have normal Lumbar Punctures? There are other ways to prove you have MS and there must be other ways to show I am having a relapse, such as I FEEL LIKE FUCKING SHIT AND MY RIGHT LEG IS WEAK AND THE PAIN IS GETTING WORSE, NOT BETTER!!! What more do these doctors need?!!
Luckily, I have an appointment tomorrow (Thursday) at a pain clinic. Apparently what they usually do at these places is inject some sort of pain medication into the affected area, but I am not going to allow them to use steroids on me. No matter how much the doctor I am assigned will insist (and from what I've heard, they sure do like to push corticosteroids!), I know they have other pain medications at their disposal and they will need to use one of those. Just as I refuse Prednisone and Solu-Medrol for my MS (due to my being diabetic and these steroids not really helping me much anyway), I will not allow steroids into my body, considering much of the food in the USA is already full of them! Yeah, I'm stubborn enough to stand my ground so they'd better be ready for me.
|This picture is almost perfect.. it's just missing one more kitty!|
|July 23, 2012, in front of my house|
|July 23, 2012.. I really like this one!|