I am a 59 year old, diagnosed with MS in August 2014, but now have realized that symptoms have been there since the 90's. My 5 year-older brother also has MS and my 2 year older brother has CMT, which is related. I had thoroughly researched MS when my brother was diagnosed, so I already knew a lot about it when I was diagnosed.
I have chosen the option of no medication treatment. I take a lot of herbals that were recommended for MS. However, I also have a ruptured disc in my back, bulging discs in my neck, GERD, IBS, left ventricle diastolic dysfunction, and had Lyme Disease. I was just diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma, and have nerve damage in the left eye confirmed.
My left side is the most affected by the MS. I have no muscle tone left on that side, as well as vision and hearing changes on the left side. The brain seems to be most affected. My memory is now very poor when it use to be excellent. I had a genius level IQ, but now feel like an idiot much of the time. Headaches are more frequent, lots of eye, vision, balance and cognitive are increasing.
I get cramps in my legs and feet a lot now. I know that MS effects everyone differently, but I would love to share and hear from others who experience the same major symptoms that I do. The first symptom to really make me wonder if I had MS, was difficulty retaining my balance. I fell a few times, sometimes just getting dressed. I now have to sit down to put on pants, shorts, underwear, etc.
Thanks in advance to anyone who cares to respond.