Getting Old

I have been having symptoms since age 23 and I am now almost 72. I had optic neuritis at age 23, 24 and 26. In between I was hospitalized for numbness and tingling at age 25. I was told I have arthritis in my whole spine from cervical to lumbar.

Over the years, I fell a lot and walked with a limp had more numbness and tingling. I was tired a lot and dizzy. My sister had been diagnosed with MS and I would tell different doctors. They would say you don’t have that. After I fractured my patella I went to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. They read the same MRIs that they read in my hometown and they showed me the MS lesions. Hello. Finally a definitive diagnosis.

I was not upset with the diagnosis actually I was almost relieved. I knew it!! I got tired of being told by neurologists that I was just getting older and had to live with the aches and pains along with the weaknesses.

I guess that is why they call it the practice of medicine!!

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    6 months ago

    HI Chaya! Thank you for sharing a part of your diagnosis story with our community. I am so very sorry it took you so long to get a proper diagnosis! Unfortunately, many of our members have shared stories about how long it took them to finally receive an MS diagnosis. But, also, a lot of our members have shared that same sense of relief with having some answers when they are diagnosed. Thank you again for sharing and I am glad you are a part of this community! Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

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