I posted in this forum a while ago about my boyfriends MS fears. http://www.anxietyzone.com/index.php?topic=75874.0
Unfortunately things have got worse and he is completely convinced that he doesn't just have MS but that he has the worst possible kind. He has said that he 'knows' that it's MS.
So far he has seen 3 different doctors, a neurologist and a spinal surgeon (both specialists being the top rated in our country). He has had multiple tests including a CT scan, MRI of his brain and neck, spinal x-ray, various blood tests to check for absolutely everything you could imagine including an auto immune disorder and finally a spinal MRI. The spinal MRI was only done yesterday and we should have the results next week. All other tests showed nothing apart from a slight spike in his liver function tests which suggests the presence of a virus as they had originally diagnosed. It's worth noting that the doctors didn't even think the initial MRI was necessary. He has pushed for these tests and I'm sure that the spinal MRI will come back negative but it will not make a difference to how he thinks. He has already said that the MRI's can miss these things.
The doctors have told him that he does not have MS and that he has had a virus which has attacked his nervous system but that this will go away with time. Unfortunately he's never been able to accept this diagnosis.
His Neurologist has said that he is 100% neurologically normal. Again, my partner believes that this he is mistaken.
We're coming up to around 5 months now and things are at a point where I am so scared for his mental wellbeing. He is a very smart man, very logical and rational normally but this has completely consumed him. He is terrified constantly and no words from me, the medical professionals, or his family can help.
I'm not even sure what I'm asking but I guess I just want to know what it was that triggered a light bulb moment for anyone else. Was it therapy that helped? Medication? I just want to be able to get into his head at least a little bit. Just to make him doubt his own diagnosis.
I was hoping a post in this forum would help but he almost dismisses it because he absolutely 'KNOWS' what this is and nothing anyone does or says can convince him otherwise.
I know it will take time but is there anything that anybody can suggest to stop him going down this path mentally. He is headed for depression and I feel completely helpless.