Lisa’s MS Story

I was diagnosed in 2000 in Shreveport, La.

I could not feel the side of my face, hear out of my ear or move my tongue. I had been having trouble with one leg dragging slightly and what I thought was leg pain. They called it Bell’s Palsy.

To prove it, I underwent a battery of test that were too numerable to count. Ruling out one thing after another until they did a spinal tap and even that result wasn’t a positive yes. I ended up needing a blood patch for that. What fun.

The neurologist finally concluded that with the lesions on my brain and the spinal tap results he would have to say MS. Nothing else made sense. They don’t run into much MS in Louisiana. Not in that day. I was freaked out to say the least.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1990, I thought that was bad enough. Now I’m from Massachusetts and I do have the European heritage in my background from that part of the world.

I think I had symptoms before the 1990’s now knowing what I know. But they didn’t have MRI’s back then, and I didn’t have good insurance anyway. Oh well, it is what it is. That’s what my friend Diane who has MS, always says.

I haven’t worked in quite a while. I’m trying to find a work at home position now. I am taking Aubagio. It seems okay so far. Some days are better than others. Trying to keep chin up.

Take care.

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