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Misdiagnosis has ruined my life

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  • Posted By: lesbodes
  • February 26, 2009
  • 10:43 AM

I am female, 46 yrs. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago and I was on Interferon treatment for the last 3 yrs. I had IV cortisone treatment for 5 days every 3 or 4 months for the last 7 yrs.
I have had terrible pain in my legs and feet for the last 2 yrs continuously and my neurologist kept telling me it was just part of having MS.

I was "forced" to see a new neurologist because my neurologist is currently ill. This neurologist saw me, he told me he doesn't think I have MS. I do have peripheral neuropathy, which he is willing to treat. He admitted me, ran all the tests, I don't have MS. He says he can't exclude MS because clinically I present with MS but he says I probably have a Congenital defect of the lumbar/sacral area, which is causing the muscle weakness in my legs. He did say he can't rule out Spastic Paralytic disorder.

How do I know what is wrong with me?


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  • It is horrendous that you feel that your life has been ruined due to - misdiagnosis and lets face it, Doctors are not perfect. But in this day and age, there are so many, simple tests that are showing up early symptoms for numerous diseases and cancers and yet, too many people are still having their lives ruined. I do hope that your latest tests by the second oppinion doctor prove successful. Each years in the UK, 27,000 men are diagnosed has having Prostrate Cancer and each year, 10,000 men die prematurely of the desease. It is probable, that many of those men who died from the desease were found to have it - too late. For example, there are men in their late sixty's who have not been called into their Health Centre's for a PSA Blood test. Other men of an identical age, have been receiving PSA Tests since 1999 and it is probable that most of them are still alive. For women, breast and cervical tests are just as simple and just as important. I beg any man approaching 60 years of age regardless of the fact that they do not have to arise during the night to pass water, to have; ask for - demand a PSA Blood test for the possible early signs of Prostrate problems. Leaving it too late, can lead to symptoms that could lead to a misdiagnosis because believe me, Doctors are not perfect - even in this day and age.
    DennisM 1 Replies
    • February 28, 2009
    • 10:07 PM
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