When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), the neurologist looked at the MRI images and said, "Based on what I see here, I think you have had MS for at least 15 years, maybe 20."
When I think back over those years, I think of all the doctors I saw in different specialties (including, but not limited to: neurologists, opthamologists, infectious disease specialists, psychiatrists, internists, orthapedic doctors, and rheumatologists). I think about the funky symptoms that came and then disappeared over those years.
Based on this, I guess my doc's estimate was about right. Maybe even the 20-year guess.
What about you? How long do you think you had symptoms before you were finally diagnosed? Leave your story in the comments section below.