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Happy 40th Birthday to Me….

Ten days before my 40th birthday I was diagnosed. Lesions were apparent on my MRI that was taken during my hospitalization for Optic Neuritis. I was having an exacerbation that had caused my right eye not to open.

I’d seen a neurologist five months prior because I was starting to forget simple things and I was too articulate plus my coordination had been horrible. He prescribed me vitamins, scheduled me for an MRI but never followed up after I was unable to tolerate a closed MRI. As I think back at least 15 years it explains everything I had been experiencing from weakness on my left side to my eradicate mood swings. To know that something is really happening to me, brings great relief thats its wasn’t all in my head.

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi Etosha! Thank you for sharing a part of your diagnosis story with our community. While I am sorry for your diagnosis, I can tell you that your sense of relief is a pretty common one among our community members. Sometimes, just having an answer as to what’s been going on with one’s body can bring a sense of relief and purpose. I thought you could relate to this piece about the relief that comes with diagnosis — Also, many of our members have shared that once they have been diagnosed, they look back and see that they probably had symptoms of MS for years before official diagnosis. I am sorry your first neurologist didn’t follow up with you and I hope you are getting proper care and treatment now. Thank you again for sharing! Best, Erin, Team Member.

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