I first started noticing strange symptoms in May of 2011…
I was walking up stairs at work and tripped, I chalked it up to not lifting my foot high enough.
I was then walking along and tripped on a flat surface, I chalked it up to flimsy no support slip on shoes.
I dropped a plastic cup I was holding in my left hand, I chalked it up having an injury in that wrist from years ago and it was just weak.
I had numbness and tingles in my legs, I chalked it up to maybe I pinched a nerve.
I figured I should go see my general practitioner and have her check all the items I had been experiencing. She said she didn’t know for sure but said it could be MS and was referring me to the Mayo Clinic for tests.
I had no idea what Multiple Sclerosis (MS) was and some days I still don’t understand it. The Mayo Clinic definition is:
“Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.”
That timeframe was such a blur. I had more symptoms that occurred, the numbness and tingling moved up to the core of my body and arms. I had and still have some balance issues. I know I did bloodwork, was referred to a neurologist and had an MRI done.
I was officially diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis on August 31, 2011.
I still have times where I have numbness and tingling in my left leg and sometimes hands. My balance issues are still there when I’m tired which is often, I’ll start to lose my balance or walk into a wall.
I have bladder issues and have been doing biofeedback – Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS). I haven’t seen any changes as of yet but the nurse did say it could take up to 6 sessions before seeing improvements. I’m hoping that I will see some soon so I don’t have to pee every hour.
I’m hopeful that I will see some changes soon as we have a big trip planned in October to visit New York, Paris, London and family in North Carolina.
August always felt like a bummer month with things happening but someone told me recently August is enlightening. 💖