Health Professional Body-count

With my long-awaited referral to a neuropsychologist finally coming through and my work leave sheet bursting with hospital and GP appointments, I thought it might be amusing to tot up the number of health professionals I have met regarding my MS since last summer. Phlebotomists – 5 Neurologists – 4 General Practitioners – 4 RadiologistsContinue reading “Health Professional Body-count”

My MS History – Part Four

I had a job interview in two days time. With a rare evening free of what I called brain fog, I was sitting at home preparing a presentation for it. My wife, unable to take the wait, had earlier phoned my neurologist to press him for the results of my MRI. As I was staringContinue reading “My MS History – Part Four”

Relapse spotting

Well, I guess this goes to show how difficult it can be to spot a relapse, sometimes. I spoke to H (my nurse) today about the optic neuritis and heavy legs that I have been experiencing over the last few days. She thought the optic neuritis sounded like I was experiencing a small relapse, butContinue reading “Relapse spotting”

My MS History – Part Three

I was now on the books of a consultant neurologist. With my stomach tying itself in knots, I re-capped my symptoms with one of his grim-faced registrars. I spent 45 minutes undergoing the usual tests. I did my trick of not being able to walk heel to toe. I watched a pen travel in frontContinue reading “My MS History – Part Three”

So long Gabapentin!

With the backing of my GP, I have ditched Gabapentin. It has been making me feel crap for a while, now. The main side effects being fatigue and hallucinations. I was starting to fall asleep by 7pm every day. As an experiment, I tried a couple of days over Christmas without taking the pills andContinue reading “So long Gabapentin!”

My MS History – Part Two

It was a brain tumour – it had to be. How else could it be explained? The GP said no heavy lifting, so maybe there was an outside chance of it being an enlarged blood vessel, ready to haemorrhage at any second. Everyone has something they are frightened of. Something so unimaginably horrific they neverContinue reading “My MS History – Part Two”