Over the years I have dealt with a lot of health issues. Some while growing up and some as an adult. But I never imagined that I would have to deal with a MS diagnosis.
Summer of 2006 was an amazing year for me. I went to Europe for the first time, got to experience my best friends’ wedding and jet off to Chicago for the day. During Spring of 2007 I was noticing odd numbness and tingling in my extremities. I brushed it off as fatigue (stubborn healthcare worker).
That summer I spent a couple days on ATV trails with my husband and got in a crash and ended up with whiplash. About a month later I was noticing more numbness and tingling, but again ignored it and went off on my west coast vacation. That is where the symptoms really started to cause problems.
I finished off my 3rd shift Wednesday morning and jumped on a plane right after work. I had nothing but trouble the whole week I was in Seattle. Fatigue was really bad, numbness and tingling was as bad as it had ever been and my ability to get around was decreasing by the day.
By the time I got back home and back at work, I was getting nervous. I quit ignoring the signs when I could barely walk around the hospital or hold a mouse. The sign that freaked me out to take action was tying a tourniquet.
I went into my family doctor right after work. He wasn’t telling me what he was thinking, but I knew it couldn’t have been good seeing the expression on his face and the concern in his eyes. He sent me to a neurologist that day.
The neurologist did all the usual neuro tests, by this time most of my symptoms had resolved and I was back to normal. He did want to go ahead with an MRI of my head, which is where MS usually shows up. But I can’t be normal, my MS had to show up in a not so usual place. After an inconclusive brain MRI, it took me 6 months to convince him to do an MRI of my neck. Low and behold, MS was clear as day on my spinal cord.
I don’t believe my ATV accident had anything to do with me being diagnosed with MS, but I do wonder if the ATV accident didn’t trigger something neurologically that resulted with my diagnosis.
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Jennifer R is a soon to be divorcee with a beautiful, awesome 8 year old little girl. She used to work as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist before going back to school to get her Master’s in Training and Performance Improvement. She is a content publisher for her website The Pain Free Life and a couple other online websites.
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