Wow. You really have had a lucky streak. Do you normally have relapses several times a year?
It is my understanding that this timing is individual. It has been well over a year for you, so you must be doing something right. Keep it up. Don't worry about another attack. Stay away from stress.
Relapes are less likely for a person with onset less that 40, especially if that person is taking a disease-modifying drug which may reduce flares up to one third. Beyond that, I do not know.
It is important to react quickly when you have little quirks like slight tingling and talk with your neurologist before those tingles become an exacerbation.
I think you should just continue your life as you would like to live it, assuming you will not have another problem. It might be a good idea to talk with your doctor. Did I say that already? That is important.
Patti C i am glad to hear it has been that long since an attack,well a major one any way. we are on guard as far as this disease and there really is no answer. the only thing we can do is enjoy the absence of an excesberation and know what needs to be done if an onset occurs. jst because we do not feel an attack doe not mean it has not progressed so do not stay away from your docs for too long. type later......firstname.lastname@example.org
Good for you. I hope your remittance last a long long time. I had a long period with little to no systoms in the beginning. I sometimes think that if I could have that time back what I would do differently. I believe I would want to be more aware of the small syptoms and try to be more proactive. I think I would pay more attention to my diet. I KNOW I would exercise more to maintain my range of motion, strength and stamina.....just sharing my thoughts about me...of course you will make decisions that you feel best suit you. Be well.
Congratulations on your 2 years free of relapses!.
There is really no way to know when and if a new relapse will show up. I, for example, have been free of a relapse for 12 years now.
I have had, once or twice, during those twelve years symptom exacerbations that required a course of prednisone for a few days but they were not a relapse so, if you keep taking good care of yourself, eating and staying healthy, the sky is the limit.
I invite you to visit my MSers site at http://www-ms-multiple-sclerosis-symptoms.com were I provide some information that might be of interest and help you. Be well,
Hi....I've just recently been looking for anything/anybody to relate to on my condition. I was "officially" diagnosed in Feb 2004 after an episode of optic neuritis (2003) started it ALL (doctors poking me;-). Nonetheless, I've been on Copaxone ever since and don't pay much attention to MS as MY PROBLEM. I don’t read, research or even understand it as a whole. Kind of an out-of-site out-of-mind thing;-)
So, after my yearly this year(last month) I've been looking at the question...WHY haven't I EVER had anything happen to me since 2003(optic nutritious)? Am I just THAT lucky? Or, MORE hopefully, have I been misdiagnosed? I don’t know what to think? It comes to me because, true to the sense, I wanted to LIVE and pursue a pilot’s license. But alas I cannot because of the scarlet letter I now wearL
Nonetheless....I’m perplexed and wonder if I should challenge their diagnosis? I think I feel that way because when this all started, all they ever said to me was “it’s likely MS” and I had to have an second attack within the year to be “officially” diagnosed. As you know..when you’re told that you notice EVERYTHING!! So, a year later I admitted to having numbness in my hands etc....but I dunno...I always have that, but that’s because I lean on them all the time and they fall asleep kind of? Ya know? I’m fairly fit and my biceps can numb my arm if I have my arms closed up for a period of time...but I don’t really think I’ve really had that “second” relapse to be “officially” diagnosed? BUT, I’ve been poking Copaxone in me for 7 years now, and every yearly renewal...my answers are the same. Nothing to report, bladder is fine....nothing strange happened.... and I get my refills for another year:-(
Anywho...I just found this site after googling and thought it was interesting.
It's funny how with MS you feel good about being episode free- yet you are always looking over your shoulder to make sure nothing will sneak up on you. As everyone has said, there's a unique disease course for each of us. There are some who have 1 or 2 episodes and then never have another. That may be your course. So, I would suggest that to the best of your ability, keep looking forward!
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