My battle with an Invisible Disease – Los Angeles Sentinel

My story begins February 2008, I was 23, I was a recent college graduate. I was working a highly sought-after public accounting job. I had moved to a city where I worked long hours in a quest to climb the corporate ladder. In early 2008 I had started experiencing random numbness, it went from being one foot to one leg, from one leg to both legs. It felt like my limbs had fallen asleep, but I couldn’t shake the feeling.

One day about a month after first experiencing the numbness, I woke up numb from the neck down. I didn’t trust myself driving, the walk up and down the three flights of stairs to my apartment was daunting and the simple task of getting out of bed became a chore. I went to doctors, but all the doctors saw was someone who looked normal. How could someone who claimed to be numb, walk and talk. Over and over again I was turned away as they said nothing was wrong. In a last-ditch effort for answers I started going to the ER almost every day for a month.

Eventually I met a neurologist who believed something was wrong, she just didn’t know what. Thankfully towards the end, her husband walked in, and he was a specialist neurologist, and he could tell something was wrong. He took a look at me, carried out visual tests and he said, you have to go straight to the hospital. Then after a week in the hospital and many MRIs scans later I left with the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS).

This is a well-written article; it gives a pretty good idea about how quickly MS can strike without warning.  I will say it’s a must-read article that anybody who doesn’t have MS so they can understand what the person is going through.

Multiple sclerosis is clearly an invisible disease for some which makes it hard for people to understand. Before I started showing signs, the tingling and burning in my feet could not be seen by anybody. I was told it must be a mistake because I couldn’t have a disease.

The article also indicates how difficult it can be to diagnose multiple sclerosis. I went over 5 years with various diagnosis of what was wrong such as a collapsed disc. a pinched nerve, and fibromyalgia, before I was finally diagnosed with MS.

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