I saw a neuro-ophthalmologist at Methodist Hospital in Houston. The doctor asked some questions: Have you ever had any other vision issues, double vision, flashes of light? Yes and yes. Have you ever had numbness? YES. I told him that 12 years ago, my legs were numb for several months and I saw a neurologist and had a spinal MRI that showed no lesions (no MS). And over the years, I had double vision (blamed on dry eyes by the dr.) My arms and legs would be numb for periods of several days to several weeks (blamed pinched nerves). I had chronic fatigue and brain fog (blamed on stress). Dr. Lee gave me the name of the MS specialist at Baylor. He told me I didn't have to call...some people leave his office and don't want to know. Of course, I had to know. Several weeks later, I had a spinal MRI and it revealed 8 lesions, which confirms MS. I chose to inject myself with Copaxone and my doctor said it would be about six months before the medication would be in my bloodstream.
Finally, in March, I could feel the cloud lift. I joined the gym,
hired a personal trainer and decided to eat cleaner. I don't want to
give MS a reason to come back.
Looking back,sometimes I'm
frustrated. For years, I had complained to various doctors about my
vision, numbness and extreme fatigue.
However, I know I can not change the past...only move on.
Most importantly, I don't look too far into the future (after all, the
future isn't promised to anyone). I take one day at a time...today I
can see and today I can walk.
In March 2015, I was featured in an ad for my gym. It was quite an achievement. I continue to work out daily and eat "clean". My latest MRI revealed only one new brain lesion.
By posting this, I hope my story can help someone else.