Post Edited (Shashi) : 12/4/2006 10:37:51 PM (GMT-7)
I don't normally post here, but may become a regular around here.
I had a good giggle about your nursing school experience - I was a medical transcriptionist and I, too, had a lot of symptoms during that time...lol
I think many of us don't see what is happening to us as being abnormal because most people have aches and pains and complaints on a daily basis. We chalk it up to all the things you mentioned and ignore it, hoping it will go away.
Chatting with RhondaB is what opened my eyes to the fact that the symptoms I am having could be MS. All this time I've been blaming chemotherapy and cancer (I'm in remission at present). For years I have had memory and speech issues, numbness and/or tingling in my extremitis, severe sharp stabbing pains, etc. Now I also have dizziness, weakness, falling, and vision changes.
I have read many of your posts and you are an intelligent person. I wish you symptom-free days.
Post Edited (rhondab) : 12/5/2006 6:34:55 AM (GMT-7)
LOL Lisa :)
I think the best example of assuming symptoms would be a woman I worked with who was convinced she had prostatitis...and didn't believe she didn't have a prostate until she had an internal exam and ultrasound.
I think most of us are susceptible to the power of suggestion, and in cases where you work in the medical field, we go the other direction and ignore signs and symptoms thinking it is just our work affecting us.
I hope today is a good day for you.
For about 6 months before my diagnosis, I was soooo tired. I thought it was me being overweight, me being lazy, or depressed. Looking back, a 31 year old should not have to go lay down in the car after grocery shopping for 15 minutes. I kept thinking "gee, I need to exercise, I'm so out of shape!", when really I was on a great diet and losing weight which should have been increasing my energy.
Ironically, if I had gone to the doctor a couple months earlier and had been diagnosed, I wouldn't have qualified for long term disability coverage through my work, that's how close it was! Some things happen for a reason.
I always had in the back of my head the fear that I could get MS like my uncle and great aunt did.. but my uncle got it in his teens, so I thought when I hit mid twenties I was out of danger. I'm glad I never looked it up, because it spared me from worrying about it for many years.