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I've heard that everyone is first diagnosed with RRMS. I understand little about MS, and I believe it baffles even the experts at times. MY question is, when does a doctor get a clearer picture of the specific type of MS a patient has?
I'm due for my first post-diagnosis MRI next year, in June. I've had vague MS symptoms as far back as 2004. I was diagnosed in August, 2012. Since my diagnosis I've one month, almost exactly of being pretty much symptom-free, or not too bothersome.
My symptoms range from tingling, numbness, fogginess in thinking, balance issues, vertigo, memory loss, usually short term memory loss, loss or decrease of physical sensation, speech problems such as not being able to find the appropriate words (and I was an English honor student and English major) itching, bladder urgency, my left-side is affected much more than the right, and I'm left-handed.
Should my neurologist be specialized in MS? Mine deals mainly with sleep disorders. I live in a remote area of Indiana, have numerous other conditions, and there are NO meet-up MS groups in the entire state that I can get to.
I realize how diverse and mysterious MS is...and I assume there's no prognosis for anyone, really. You sort take it day to day. Info, is much appreciated.
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