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  • #76
    Dr Boost, I do have to ask, is one of your hobbies messing with cars (you may know that I'm into Nissans)? Or does your username apply to plastic surgery? Or something else entirely, like you sell those kid booster seats you see in restaurants?

    Anyway, welcome aboard, doc!
    Dave Bexfield


    • #77
      Thanks for the warm welcome!Even though it would be much more lucrative for me to be a either plastic surgeon, or a professional booster seat sales rep, I was born with the car bug.(For better or for worse.Haha). I had talked to you a while back when you guys did the Z collage on the back of Nissan Sport. You even used a pic of my '84 Lol.I also have a Titan, so you could say that I'm quite the Nissan head myself.


      • #78
        Hi Everyone, my name is robyn and I live in Sydney Australia. I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago and have been on Avonex ever since. What a brilliant site! Thank you so much Dave!


        • #79
          Welcome Robyn!


          • #80
            Hi -- am new

            Hi folks -- I'm new to the board -- good to meet you.

            Here's my deal: am male, married w/kids, mid 40s, diagnosed w/ MS in Spring 2010 (i.e., about 18 mos. ago.) Left eye went blurry, which lead to MRI, which led to Dx of MS.

            Re: being "active" -- I run 4-5 miles outside 4-5times a week (circa 8:30/mi -- so, not crazy fast, but 'respectable')

            I've had a couple of MRI since being Dx'd 18 mos. ago and disease is progressing (i.e., new spots), but, as I say, I have no problems "on the outside" -- i.e., the brain spots may be spreading, but *I'm* the same w/no loss of function.

            So here's my QUESTION...


            THANKS, in advance, for your wisdom.
            Last edited by ActiveMSers; 12-14-2011, 04:55 PM. Reason: Trimmed out medication portion of question as it is already posted in general forum; nice to meet you, TJ


            • #81

              Seasons Greeting! I was diagnosis with PPMS in the spring of 2008. Hindsight being 20/20 I can find symptoms of my MS for more than 20 years. It has been a very slow slippery slide down hill over a very long period of time. In the spring of 2010 my work as a Executive Director at a small Midwestern University began to go downhill. Once I told them of my condition it really went down hill. I choose the route of Long Term Medical disability rather than a long drawn out lawsuit. About that same time my MS began to spiral out of control which is what really prompted my "early retirement at 54".

              I am on Copaxone and have changed my diet to that closer to a vegan, I do eat fish, seafood and chicken. I lost 50 pounds, my disease has mostly stabilized and I am feeling a lot better than I did just one year ago.

              I love the outdoors so I go hiking as often as I can. I use the excuse of hunting and fishing just so I can be in the outdoors.

              I look forward to great conversations!

              Last edited by Outdoorslover; 12-23-2011, 04:55 PM.


              • #82
                What a long strange trip it's been...

                Hi, I'm Mark. Originally from NJ, now in CA (20 miles south of SF). I'm 55 & married, with 2 college-age kids. My greatest pleasures are making music and day hiking.

                After a couple of crazy (and often miserable) years I am totally ready to be active again!

                (I'll understand if you skip my story - I know it's long!)

                Thanksgiving Day 2009 I noticed that my feet went numb/tingly several times, and within a few days it became continuous. I assumed my herniated L5 disc was the cause, and went to my physiatrist. By the 2nd time I saw him I also had some sciatica, and we both just assumed it was all disc-related. So I had a cortisone shot and started physical therapy. But after the paresthesia spread to my hands (Feb. 2010), he sent me to a neurologist - it didn’t make sense for a lumbar disc to affect my hands (and I had realized that only some were posture-dependent).

                After all the usual tests, I was told in Sept. 2010 that it 'looks like' MS. Because only one lesion showed up on the MRI, my 2nd opinion (from Stanford) wasn't ready to call it MS. The next brain MRI (Feb. 2011) picked up another lesion (or two? see P.S.) and the dx became official on 3/3/11.

                In the mean time, my back got worse (legs going dead numb whenever I was standing/walking more than 5 mins.) and a thoracic MRI found a cyst blocking 1/4 of the spine channel. Needle aspiration failed, so I was sent to a surgeon and scheduled surgery to trim the disc & remove the cyst for June.

                A month before the surgery I started having visual hallucinations! At first it was just weird minor distortions in my peripheral vision, but by the time I saw my primary at the end of the week (for pre-op approval), the hallucinations were nearly continuous. I told him about the MS dx and he immediately suspected optic neuritis (ON) and referred me to an ophthalmologist.

                The next Tuesday on the way to work I was sure I saw cars passing me on the right when I was in the right lane! I took myself off the road that afternoon, and at an eye appointment a week later an ophthalmologist confirmed that my problem was neurological (i.e., not in the eye itself), and my right field of vision was effectively zero (hemianopia).

                Back at Stanford, an MRI said the hemianopia was from a *stroke*, and all concerned thought it best to find out about the cause of the stroke before surgery. After a little more blood work and a brain “MRA” (MRI angiogram), the stroke doc called it "small vessel atherosclerosis" and recommended going on a statin (and cleared me for back surgery).

                Since the surgery in July (and subsequent PT), I've been thrilled about my back. I've still got a lot of strengthening to do, but sciatica and numb legs are a thing of the past. The miraculous part is that by surgery time (late July) my vision had already improved - a lot! I didn’t trust my perception of it, but in Sept. the eye doc said my eyes tested normal!

                So let's recap: no more back trouble, no stroke symptoms, and MS. I'll take it!

                Paresthesia in all limbs 24/7 is impossible to ignore, but I wouldn't (usually) call it painful or particularly limiting (not that I need an extra dose of clumsiness!). Beyond that, I just have occasional and very short "attacks" of spasticity (hands, legs, feet) and what I call "electric torso" (tough to describe, but not 'hug'). I don't love it, but it's way better than not being able to walk or drive!

                -- Mark

                P.S.: I'm sure my two neurologists pointed at different areas when they ID'd the new lesion on my May 2011 brain MRI. I figure at least one of them must have been right...
                RRMS dx 3/3/11; started Copaxone 12/1/11
                Specializing in denial since 1996. Accept the diagnosis, not the expectations...


                • #83
                  My story

                  I was diagnosed with RRMS in February, 2011 after a bout of diplopia as well has several other cognitive and physical symptoms. I had an MRI in 2008 when I had all of the same symptoms sans the diplopia, and it showed some lesions. The neurologist said the lesions could have originated from any number of causes, and the clinical symptoms might have been B12 deficiency, lyme disease, or a virus of some sort. I bought some B12, started feeling better, and went about my merry way. Looking back, I’m sure I had some manifestation of MS between 2008 and 2011, but it wasn’t until the diplopia that knew something major was going on. The 2011 MRI showed many more lesions in my brain, brain stem, and cervical spine. At the time of diagnosis, I was 49.5 years old and in very good physical health otherwise as a result of years of exercise, athletic involvement (I had been playing soccer in an over-30 league year round since I turned 40), and other lifestyle choices.

                  Since the diagnosis, like many others, I have been on a constant search to find any of the “pieces of the puzzle” to get this disease in check – diet, natural supplements, disease modifying drugs (I’m taking Copaxone), exercise, sleep, stress reduction, etc. Shortly after being diagnosed, I spoke with an individual with MS who had previously competed at the national and international level in nordic skiing and kayaking, and who encouraged me to stay active. He was, and so was his brother who also has MS. My current neurologist encourages exercise, and for the last year I have been hitting the gym religiously

                  I am very encouraged and inspired by others who, despite MS, stay physically active. Through internet searches, I found a number of inspirational stories of folks with MS who are staying active and competing athletically. Recently I started a Facebook page - “Athletes Fighting Multiple Sclerosis” - to share these stories of inspiration and to learn from as many MSers as possible what they are doing to stay in the game. I’m hoping that this site, Active MSers, will aide me in this journey.



                  • #84

                    this is Michaela, new to the forum. I have a relative who has been diagnosed with MS and I thought it would be a good idea to learn from others' experience and path and share it with her by joining a forum and was glad to come across ActiveMSers.


                    • #85
                      Hi everyone, I'm Niko, a 20 year old student. I was diagnosed last week, and am absolutely terrified. But regardless of the scares I get on and off from the research I've been doing, I keep finding little glimmers of hope, or optimism, to say to myself "hey, I can work through this." I am active, very healthy, independent and lively, and intend to stay that way. I am so glad to have found this site especially, because you guys are right, it's not all doom-and-gloom. Thanks so much for this.

                      Also, I'm into my second week of keeping a blog. I try to write one post a day, but somehow I've ended up with writing two a day. I guess I enjoy writing too much! Please check it out, feel free to comment and suggest anything I could write about, whether it requires research or not. I am focusing mostly on my journey in discovering all there is to an "MS Diet" and active well-being, but I hope to include other things too, in the future!


                      ...and Dave, what a wonderful sense of humour. Rather than cry I've had a few good laughs while reading your posts.
                      Last edited by Niko; 03-13-2012, 08:23 PM. Reason: inclusion of my blog, to share with the MS community


                      • #86
                        Hi there. My first post after failing a few times to log in correctly. I have had a couple of exaceberations in the last 3-4 years which I put down to stress(one doctor helped with that diagnosis) and overtraining. Then November 2011 I was hospitalised with severe ataxia, polyuria and neurological deficits.

                        The Hong Kong doctors believe I have MS. I had loads of tests including usual blood tests CT, MRI and Nerve Evoking. All came out as normal but the Doctors still said that they are convinced I Have MS. At Easter I went home to New Zealand and got some further tests performed. This time I discovered that I have ANA Nucleolar Positive blood test. Again I was told this may indicate MS but also other autoimmune diseases are possible. Therefore I am on a watching brief.

                        I have become increasingly paranoid about what my body is doing. I have been an avid sportsman all my life. I run 2-3 marathons a year and train to do them as well as I can. It seems the aspect of my life I am struggling the most to retain. Since my November episode I have not had usual pain sensations which has impacted on how I can perform athletically. I have been running some since my hospitalisation but before then was actually injured and I have probably not properly really recovered yet so I have been wary of pushing on due to the risk of doing permanent physical damage.

                        Anyway I am very happy to find this forum. Moreso since I can now post on it. I want to find the strength to continue doing my thing and I am sure this website will be of great assistance to me. Many here have already inspired me.


                        • #87
                          Hi everyone,
                          I was dx RRMS in 2003. At that time I had thirteen lesions, plus, and it took about a year to recover my main walking abilities and sensation, equilibrium etc. Later I was in and out of a wheelchair (5 months) but even with that stayed really active, researching where I could take the chair, doing bike paths, trying to find ways to get into nature with it etc. I didn't want to get as isolated as I'd become with my first flare... so I really tried to keep getting out. Now, sometimes my pain gets really bad (primarily torso pain), and/or fatigue, but right now I'm generally walking ok, sometimes with a cane, sometimes without. I try to do an exercise bike as walking too far often exacerbates my issues in torso... I did copaxone from 2003 to 2010 but had a few flares during that time and am now trying Gilenya--and trying to up my exercise and also stretching for spasticity. I'm glad to find this site. Gracias.


                          • #88
                            Both of my sisters had MS. I thought I was free and clear when I passed age 50 (my older sister had been diagnosed just before her 50th birthday). In early May of 2011, at age 57, I experienced visual disturbances that were diagnosed as optic neuritis. The cause was 'likely MS', officially 'clinically isolated symptom'. I started on Copaxone in June of 2011.
                            I love this website - so full of hope and vigor! I like to take day-hikes, and I used to bicycle (40 miles for the MS Bike Tour one year prior to my own diagnosis).
                            I haven't been a member of a bulletin board for a long time, but hope to find some good info and fun connections here. Please feel free to contact me!


                            • #89

                              My name is Teresa. I was officially diagnosed with M.S. back in 2005. I sometimes read on this site. I like the idea of a place to talk to others who have M.S. and still want to exersise to the best of their ability. I had M.S. way before I had M.S. and probably have run two marathons
                              before diagnosis. I have now run 4 more, including the Redding marathon, here in California just a week ago. I am currently training for the
                              Big Sur International Marathon, run this April. I will never stop giving my best.

                              Alerse, I also like to swim, but haven't been in the pool for any distance in about a year.

                              Thanks for the site...

                              Teresa thank you for making me feel inspired. My name is Melissa and I'm 45, diagnosed a year ago with RRMS. It just seems like life stopped and everything became about my MS. I used to jog 4-5 days a week, I haven't put on my jogging shoes essentially since being diagnosed. Again,thank you and others for helping me see this doesn't have to be the end to doing things I enjoy.



                              • #90

                                Hi Everyone,

                                I am so happy to have found this site
                                My name is Melissa, I'm 45, 6 kids (yours, mine, and ours), oh and married. I'm currently serving on active duty in the Air Force but thanks to my new partner, my career is being cut short.

                                I was diagnosed with RRMS last year, March 22 to be exact. It has not been an easy road. I have weird facial stuff going on so I get Botox injected every 90 days. I'm not currently on any DMD's while they decide what to do. I just stopped tysabri recently. Anyway, we shall see what's in store for me next.

                                I really enjoyed jogging at one point, pre MS, I just need to find my way back to it. Well thank you for reading and it's nice to meet you all.