So I would like to talk about day-to-day well-being. I’m not saying this is what it’s like for everyone, but it is for me... and many others I know that have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
Okay, so MS is the ‘big’ thing that I’m living/diagnosed with… but that isn’t all I’ve been diagnosed with… I have also been diagnosed with more ‘common’ (not as life changing) as MS.
So – just for a bit of background, let me just say that I’ve been a walking accident ever since I was little. If there was something to fall/trip over (yes even flat surfaces) I was the one to do it. I was very active in sports and things like that back in school, and my mother liked to tell me that I did things in life going 110mph…
Needless to say, I’ve broken a few bones here and there since I was like… 5 years old. Two of the times I broke a bone, I had to have surgery and pins inserted, and all that lovely stuff. Okay, I’m rambling… what am I getting at?
I have arthritis. Living with that AND multiple sclerosis, I can tell when the weather is going to change without looking at the forecast a day or two before the change happens. (Mind you, I live in Texas… so the weather is bipolar.)
Interesting enough, when I was getting imaging done when they were trying to figure out what was causing my symptoms (prior to being diagnosed with MS) they told me I have degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis. After those two findings, I then got my diagnosis of MS.
Now, this is what I’m talking about when I named this blog “There’s More?” because when I’m hurting or having obvious pain, everyone assumes/blames my MS, but that’s not always the case. Now do I think that the pain I experience is worse because of my multiple diagnosed issues, YES.
So, the moral of this story… I’ve experienced it and heard from others with MS, that we usually aren’t JUST dealing with MS, but multiple issues… Like being diagnosed with MS isn’t enough as it is… I know that I'm reaching my limit of 'strength/tolerance' on dealing with all the medical issues I've been handed.
Have you been diagnosed with any other health conditions (other than MS)?
How many specialists did you see before finding "The One"?