I was diagnosed with Recurring MS in November 2012. I haven’t posted this info anywhere because I don’t want sympathy. I take a daily injection (Copaxone 20 mg) which keeps the disease on a pretty even keel.
My neurologist says I must have been carrying the disease for decades because it usually attacks young people. I thought back & pinpointed the episode. I was 29 working at WAUS-FM in Berrien Springs, MI. It was 1991 and I had a 2-wk migraine. I had to read the news from my periphery vision, stopped the car once so I could throw up, and lay on the couch for 2 weeks. The only good thing is that I lost 20 lbs!! I remember having an MRI on my head & other tests to find out what happened to my health. Doctors didn’t find anything so I went on with life.
As you might know, MS is an auto-immune disease like Lou Gehrig’s, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, and Graves. For MS patients, “the immune system attacks nerve cells, causing symptoms that can include pain, blindness, weakness, poor coordination, and muscle spasms” (WebMD). The central nervous system & optic nerves are targeted and usually occur in women 20-50 yrs of age.
CAUSES: Infection – Genetics – Environment
Infection: Epstein Bar, cold, mono; Genetics: family history; Environment: stress
I have 2 ancestors that had an autoimmune disease; maternal cousin, recently died but lived at least 25 yrs with it; paternal great-grandmother, Lou Gehrig’s. The cerebellum plays an important role in motor skills. This is where I have the most problem. I knock things over, have trouble with my right side (especially walking), and I weave about. Good thing I live in a trailer – narrow hallways.
I’ll do more work on this & make it a ‘page’ instead of a ‘post’. It will be located on the top legend with “About Me” and “Adhesions.”