By J Bel
Hi all. I haven’t been diagnosed yet, but have suspected MS for years now. I didn’t even know much about MS until five years ago, when my younger brother was diagnosed. He’s 34 now and I’m 38. For him, it started with blurry and double vision. The eye doctor sent him to a neurologist who confirmed MS. We were shocked. I myself struggle with anxiety, depression, migraines, moderate scoliosis, endometriosis, and chronic neck pain. I believe I’ve had several episodes in the last couple of years and what they all have in common were they were times when I was under extreme stress. Recently, we’ve began having our bathroom remodeled. The stress of the change and constant noise started to affect me. I woke up one morning with severe pain in the left side of my back, around to my ribs. It hurt so bad I went to the ER. X-ray was normal. Said must be muscle related. Two days later, same terrible pain, now with urinary symptoms. ER thought for sure kidney stone. Blood work, urinalysis and CT normal. Sent me home. I had mentioned this to my brother, that this pressure in my ribs was awful. I couldn’t breathe. That’s when he told me about the MS hug and i knew immediately that’s what I was experiencing. He is encouraging me to get an MRI scan and it scares me. It’s almost like I don’t want to know. I’m feeling so broken down from the pain and fatigue and emotional stress, I don’t know if I can handle it. I know the earlier it’s diagnosed the better. I guess I’m just looking for some encouragement right now. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!