Looking back now, my very first symptoms were right after my son was born and my pupils of my eyes were unequal and I had extreme headache issues. Multiple cat scans and dr visits couldn't find a reason, so they said it was new mom stress and offered tranquilizers and antidepressants which I promptly refused. They ruled out a tumor and that was all that mattered to me.
From there the balance kind of set in somewhere along the line and everyone just thought it was funny, and I figured I was a clutz. But the next real symptom was a major numb spot over my right knee. I told my PCP then and she said something to the effect of, "you must've hit too hard and traumatized it, it'll come back to normal at some point, or just be a neuropathy, people get those".... later it had alot of pain in that area as my right leg had issues with burning sensations, electrical shock pains etc... so my current PCP sent me to a vascular dr who ruled out any vein thrombosis and said wear pressure stockings now and charged me $35 for those monstrously awful things! It didn't stop any of it, so I quit them.
Then the next stage that set in noticeably was '01 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I couldn't make it to our regular seats without stopping and trying to catch my breath and rest my legs! In '98 I'd waltzed up there no problem. This was when I realized something was drastically out of order on my body but no one would listen. I was newly dx'd Hypothyroid and had gained wt so that was their reasoning... but my legs didn't feel right, they were like Frankenstein legs.
From there it's been a multitude of annoying little pains but nothing definitive til July 06 when I lost fine motor control of my right hand after spray painting some furniture... had an appt with my PCP and she saw it, ordered the Neuro & he immediately dx'd MS but had to go the gamut of tests, which didn't pan out, the next 18mos though of documenting over and over, finally when more numb spots, more gait issues, balance failures and finally Optic Neuritis in March 08 - that clinched it.... I had a definite dx.
Most of my symptoms are below my waist though with severe spasticity being my greatest nemesis... I've only had ONE 3wk period of sheer bliss free from it... and am back in another major flare of it now, waiting for it to pass... I pray. It's a long road of elimination to get to the right dx.
Fear knocked ~ Faith Answered ~ No one was there! :)
~ Ephesians 6:13 ~ * ~ Psalm 27:1 ~