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Hormones and Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Aug 07 2009 12:03pm
I don't know what it is about hormones and my MS symptoms. Sort of like when I was younger, I would have horrible PMS symptoms. As I got older they sort of went away. But I have noticed over the last few years that my MS symptoms really start to act up. A lot of times I have to look at the calendar to determine if I am having an exacerbation/Flare up or if it is my hormones. 9 out of 10 times it is the hormones. At first when I was just diagnosed I kept having this happen and Finally I had called the Neuro and said I have had 3 flare ups in the last three months but they tend to come and go. I am currently having another one. He replied maybe we should try the steroids and see if it doesn't get you back under control.

Well, 35 pounds later and going through steroid withdrawal,my monthly visitor would show up and the symptoms went away. So I started tracking the symptoms. I have regular daily MS symptoms and then 1 week a month I have extreme symptoms but I know now not to call the Dr. I know if I can just wait it out. My monthly visitor will come and symptoms will go away again.

Why is that? Does anyone else go through that?

I actually set the calender on my phone to alert me a week ahead to remind or prepare that the symptoms should be showing up soon.

I know that men don't necessarily have the same monthly visitor but do men have the same issues. For instance do their hormone levels increase every month also? And does it bring on symptoms for them to?
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