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Pressing Past the Pain

I was first diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010. It started out as blindness in my right eye. I went to the emergency room and test were ran to show that I had optic neuritis which was the first sign of multiple sclerosis. I was treated with steroids and my site came back. I didn’t know much about the disease at that time. Later on I started having weaknesses and paralysis in my left side. I also start having headaches and pain in my neck. After the paralysis I had to go back to the hospital where they told me that I needed to have a spinal tap. The spinal tap and the MRI confirmed that there were lesions in the brain and the spinal cord, and that was the proof that I had multiple sclerosis. I was in the hospital for about 2 weeks getting therapy and taking steroids. It got some better so I went home. February of 2014, I started have a major serious tingling in my feet and numbness and I became paralyzed from my feet to mid chest. I called the ambulance went to the hospital and they told me I had had an MS relapse. I had to go through various treatments with steroids and pain medications, as well as 30 days of intense therapy to get me walking again. Once released I had to come home to home health, occupational therapy, physical therapy, to help me to adapt to my lifestyle that has now changed. I had to take a medical leave from college, which now I was told because of the tremendous stress level could have been a factor in my MS relapse. I still have limitations due to the MS relapse and I’m not able to do a lot of the things that I did before. For example, doing laundry is a chore I have to have the laundrymat do my clothes sometimes. Grocery shopping I can’t always go and get groceries due to the fatigue and weakness, so I have a store deliver them. Simple household chores may take me a week to get done instead of a day. Often I must take a lot of power naps.
I still have continued fatigue weakness and numbness in my legs and my left side. I often use my gazelle machine to help me to get exercise in when I can’t leave the house. I would recommend this machine it really does help with being able to move and to get some energy back. I get on my machine at least two to three times a day. Vitamin b12 also helps with energy. But what I have learned through all of this is you have to keep moving as much as possible. You press through the pain.

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  • Patty
    5 years ago

    Hi, I don’t know if this is ms or not. I was dxd in 2001. For the last 2 weeks I have been very dizzy laying down in bed, turning over, and getting up. Have had a bad headache over left eye. Some time I feel I just been taking every day slow. I’m in bed most of legs have burning feeling at night. Any suggestions would help. Ty

  • Lisa Emrich moderator
    5 years ago

    Sounds like you are doing what you need to push back at this disease. Wonderful that you are able to pace yourself, take care of yourself, and press through the pain as you say. I hope that you continue to fight back and stay strong, mentally and physically. Thank you for sharing your story.

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