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Before I start with anything, I just want to say thank you to everyone. I read your posts while waiting for my turn at the MRI.
Well, after the harrowing wait (the wait & the fear that it might be something quite bad were what was really bothering me, not the MRI itself), its finally known the reason why I'm having speech problems (yes, they are classified as such by doctors).
Previously, I was diagnosed with it and then diagnosed as originally misdiagnosed. The reason being I have a history of very low Vitamin B-12 count in my blood (the lowest it ever got to was 32IU when it should have been over 1000). B-12 deficiency is known to cause lesions on the Brain and the spinal cord.
The reason they are sure is because there is an active lesion working on my upper left area of the brain where the speech is handled.
Sadly, MS has no cure (sorry Roger, this isn't a take 2 aspirins and call me in the morning case but with the current research in Embryonic Stem Cells, they are quite confident a cure (or positive progress to a cure) will be made in the following 10 years, especially that the USA has got back into the game. Here's hoping.
One thing to be thankful for, the three opinions I took all agreed that I have (for now) a very benign type of MS. Sadly, there is nothing I can do to improve my prognosis.
The Doctors were quick to assure me that I should be fine and my speech should be back to 100% normal as soon as the lesion stops being active.
Ah, my friend, words fail me. I'm sorry beyond expression to hear this news this morning. My prayers go to you, and I sincerely wish that a cure is found for you and for the strength that you and your family will need.
Its OK, it happened, what can you do, eh? I asked if it can be passed on to my children and all the Doctors agreed that that was highly unlikely.
I'm not too worried (yet) though. My cognitive abilities are fine, my body functions normally and my vision is fine. Also, statistically, I should have normal lifespan less 7 years albeit with potentially less and less physical and mental abilities unless a cure is found (or at least something that can stop it dead in its tracks).
Its ironic. I wanted to do my PhD research with regards to modeling auto-immune and neuro-degenerative diseases or medical image analysis for improved diagnosis because I lived thinking that I had a misdiagnosis. Looks like I'll be eating my own dog food.
I am very sorry to hear it Mustafa. Seeing things like this plague young people and their families angers me to no end. You have my most sincere hope that you can manage it and that a treatment will be developed as quickly as possible.
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I'm sorry to hear that Mustafa. I'm not trying to get your hopes up, MS was not a good outcome, but before you accept the 'nothing I can do' prognosis, I recommend you read the work of George Jelinek. This guy is a professor of medicine and was diagnosed with MS about 10 years ago. After scouring the literature and working his own case, he recommends a range of alternative therapies that he believes at least help. In his case he has been symptom free for years.
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Oh bugger, sorry to hear that. I can only hope the progression is REALLY slow. A friend of ours has this and the progression has been very slow, she was diagnosed over 15 years ago and has led a reasonably normal life, even getting married. So with the expected progress I hope for the best.
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