Well first of all I just wanted to mention that the Prednisone seems to be helping a bit. My walking is much better but my hands are still not back to normal. I can type and do most things as usual but they just feel somewhat stiff and certain motions are hard to do; sometimes my strength slips away... I don't even want to say I hope they get better because that would imply that part of me fears they won't and I can't afford that, I need my hands! I am at 80mg of Prednisone right now and I am about to kick it down to 60mg come Monday. I have also been taking the Gabapentin consistently which seems to be helping a little with the pain although I have been feeling it in my fingers all day today which could be a result of me once again thinking about my lacking financial life. Stress is bad. Perhaps the Prednisone has been helping with the pain as well? Who Knows.
On an unrelated note, I was looking into MS and genetics the other day. Of course this is a rather split theory but many patients believe that Multiple Sclerosis is genetic and then you have other people (professional and unprofessional) who believe that it isn't. When doing a quick Google search I stumbled across this article on About.Com that was talking about the very subject and the facts just kind of irritate me. Here is a paragraph from the website:
"If no immediate members of your family have MS, then your chances of having MS are 1 in 750. If you have a parent or sibling with MS, your risk increases to 1 in 100. If you have an identical twin with MS, your risk is 1 in 4. It is interesting that identical twins do not always both have MS, even though they share 100% of genetic information. This fact is why researchers have concluded that MS is not simply a genetic disease."
So the closer you are to someone with MS the more likely you are to have MS BUT it's not do to genetics because not all twins BOTH have MS. Now I can see how that can be an interesting fact BUT how can you deny that there is some kind of connection here? Perhaps both twins DO have a gene that can cause MS but both twins did not encounter some kind of external trigger there for both twins do not present Multiple Sclerosis? It seems so irresponsible to claim that Multiple Sclerosis is not genetic, I mean, I'm not saying it is I'm just saying it's a complex disease that is probably caused my multiple factors so a small detail like this should not be enough to warrant a definitive answer to the question "Is MS genetic?". It is most likely more complex then yes or no, black and white.
Anyways, I still have to do more research on this subject, I was just curious because I was thinking about whether or not I wanted kids one day. If I didn't have MS the answer would be an easy yes but since I do have MS it is hard... I don't know that I want to risk passing this misery down to another human being let alone my own child. It's scary, I know I would be able to give my child strength to fight MS and what not but is it really fair? Is it selfish to want a child of my own blood at the expense of possibly handing him/her a life of suffering? Or is it selfish to not have a child in fear of this disease and rob that potential life of all the appreciation and joys that they can still find outside of MS? Such a complex decision, not that I am ready for kids at the moment anyways, but it just crossed my mind I suppose.