In some cases of Multiple Sclerosis, there may be the potential of a misdiagnosis of Bipolar Disorder (or other mood disorder) instead of MS. This got me to thinking...
How many patients are diagnosed with a Mood Disorder or Mental Illness before they are later found to have multiple sclerosis?
In my case, I was diagnosed with depression years before developing optic neuritis and eventually diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I find the following article abstract an exciting peak into the connection of cytokines (which help to regulate inflammation and immunity) and depressive symptoms. See Gold SM and Irwin MR. Depression and immunity: inflammation and depressive symptoms in multiple sclerosis. Neurologic Clinics. 2006 Aug; 24(3):507-19.
How many patients are diagnosed with a Psychosomatic Disorder or are told “It’s All In Your Head” when they experience neurological symptoms?
Meet Clare C. who is still yet-to-be-diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or other disease of the Central Nervous System. She is in what we refer to as Limboland having had periodic bouts of neurological symptoms, including Optic Neuritis, but no clear diagnosis.
“My first symptom came suddenly 6 months after the birth of my second Daughter in 2004. I woke up one day and my breakfast tasted like mould, my tea my toast. My sense of smell was affected too. It lasted six months and was fully normal after a year.”
Clare initially consulted with an Ear, Nose, Throat doctor, then later a neurologist who ordered MRIs which came back clear.
“In 2006 just a little while after my sense of smell had returned I started feeling numbness in my left eye, and left side of my face. Then I had started getting dizzy having vision problems, vertigo I felt like I was in a goldfish bowl looking out.”
It wasn’t until Clare began experiencing crippling headaches that she visited her doctor who referred her to a neurologist.
“The first appointment was pretty uneventful; although her first conclusion was that I probably had a trapped nerve in my neck and psychosomatic issues because I was in a foreign land (I am a British woman living in Germany). I took this at first with a pinch of salt and was pretty relieved that she hadn't spoken of serious illness.”
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Multiple Sclerosis: Psychosomatic, Neurologic, Mood Disorder, or Personality?