MS Diagnosis

Below is how my MS symptoms first presented and led to diagnosis.

I began to feel very tired in the summer of 2007, needing a nap nearly every day. I questioned if I was depressed because I was so tired for no reason.  In the fall of 2008 I had a shooting hot feeling in my right thigh that came and went for several days. My primary care physician sent me back home with muscle relaxers and no explanation.

In July, 2009, I went to a race at KY Speedway and on the way home my right eye started hurting. It felt like something in my eye so I figured allergies or that something got in my eye at the track. Days went by and I could barely see out of my right eye. I could not see light at all when closing my left eye. I went to the Optometrist and expected to get some eye drops. They told me it could be MS and sent me to an eye specialist. The next week I met with the Ophthalmologist  who performed a few tests on my eyes. I could not even see the big E on the eye chart! They immediately sent me to the hospital for an MRI of the brain. Two days later I was in the office of a neurologist who scheduled me for a lumbar puncture (spinal tap). He said there were several lesions on my brain indicating multiple sclerosis but the dx at this point was Clinically Isolated Syndrome. A week or so later my stomach was numb and my fingers were tingly. The lumbar puncture showed oligoclonal bands in the spinal fluid. These results along with the MRI findings and symptom evidence led to an official diagnosis of MS by the end of August, 2009.

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One response to “MS Diagnosis

  1. The Curmudgeon was diagnosed almost 20 years ago. Over the last few years he’s gone from relapsing remitting to secondary progressive. He has good days and he has bad days, we make the most of the good days.

    Hang in there.

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