Relapse…

I was diagnosed with MS in 2005 when I was 19 years old and I am now 26. It was a major life change. All of my dreams of becoming a heart surgeon were crushed when I developed trembling and numbness in my hands. Now, I am a Medical Assistant and my goal is to become a Registered Nurse. It’s rough some days but I have a good supprt team that keeps me going.

My everyday symptoms are fatigue, legally blind in my right eye (optic atrophy), numbness/tingling in my fingertips, headaches… That’s all that I can think of right now!

I take Avonex.

I am currently undergoing a relapse. In some ways I am happy and in other ways I am saddened. I am happy because I haven’t had a relapse in 2 years but saddened that I am having a flare up. It is a BAD flare up. I have been off work for 2 weeks. I have numbess and tingling in my hands and legs- have to walk with a arm cane in the house and a cane if I have to leave the house. I have pain that goes from my kneecaps to my ankles, partial vision loss in my left eye- very scary when your at the store, your mom calls your name, and you can’t tell where she is at, and “foggy brained”. Whew!

If that isn’t enough I have increased fatigue and a headache that comes and goes. I had a tough time getting my new medication- Acthar Gel to stop the relapse. But I started it today and I have 4 more days of injections. I hope this works! I’m ready to get back to my normal routine.

One thing I recommend to everyone is to not push your symptoms to the side. If you notice something that isn’t in your usual MS symptoms then call your doctor! On my last day of work, people thought I was joking when I asked them to push me around in a wheelchair. They laughed it off but I was being serious. It hurted so bad to walk but it is slowly getting better!

I hope the best for everyone with MS and their loved ones- fight the fight!!

-Elizabeth

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