Years of Suspicion

by Brittany
(FL)

I have had so many MS symptoms for quite a few years, but have always been written off by the doctors that I saw. Many claimed the numbness in my hands and feet were a pinched nerve and wouldn't even run any tests.


I was finally diagnosed last week. I am pregnant with my third child. I fell in my kitchen(a pretty frequent occurrence) and hit my head. (Baby is fine:) And after much deliberation I was finally given my diagnosis.

I don't plan on changing things too dramatically. I will still play soccer with my kids. I will still dance with my husband. We are trying to find a house without stairs. Right now it is not too much of a problem but I would rather not find out it has become one when its too late.

I think most of all honestly, I'm just glad after almost ten years of being told my symptoms were unrelated, I finally at least have peace of mind.



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Nov 09, 2011
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Finally Diagnosed
by: Akrista

Hi Brittany,
So glad you finally got your diagnosis. I do believe there are many doctors out there who are reluctant to give someone who is young and vibrant what seems to them, a devastating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately for the person suffering, it can do more harm than good.

Not only emotionally, but sometimes physically as well. Emotionally having to deal with symptoms which you don't know the reason for can cause stress. This in turn can make your MS worse.

Physically, you need a diagnosis in order to obtain treatment. Some symptoms may go away on their own, but others need to be treated as soon as possible to keep from causing permanent damage.

Fortunately, you have your diagnosis and so glad your baby (and you) were okay. It's also good that you are going on as "normal". My husband did the same thing. He was taking martial arts and continued to do that - and teach it.

It's also good to plan ahead - a house without stairs and wide doorways, accessible bath (or one that would be easy to modify), are good things to look for in a house.

Someone once told my husband to "expect the best, but plan for the worst". You may only need to learn to do things differently - by managing your symptoms as time goes on.

Take care of yourself,

Akrista

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