In late May of 2006, I began to develop vertigo. I thought I had an ear infection. I saw the doctor who wrote me a script
for antibiotics. I took them and didn't feet better. It was the end of the school year and I thought I wasn't getting better due to the stress of finishing out the year. about
three weeks into this vertigo I was unable to do anything other than wall walk. At this point I had my husband take me to the ER. I was admitted and after spending four days there, the announced that I had had a small stroke. I went home on aspirin therapy.
I was scared and went right into exercise and diet mode. I felt better. about
4 and half weeks later, I woke just spinning again. Off to the ER we go again. I spent the day in ER while they ran ct scans and another MRI. They sent me home when they didn't see anything. The neurologist called and wanted to see me about
the mri right away. He announced that there was another "spot" and this made it inprobable that what I was experiencing was a stroke. He said he didn't know what it was but perhaps brain cancer/tumor, MS, lyme, mengitis, HIV, or some other infection. I had a lumbar puncture the next day. It clearly indicated O bands while ruling out the other junk.
I was referred to UCLA MS clinic. I saw an MS neuro there and she ordered evoked potentials and a thoracic and cervical mri. After a third lesion was found, and I had failed the evoked potentials MS was diagnosed. I also had a positive babinski as well as a few other abnormal reflex repsonses.
I started Copaxone in October 2006. I have had some progression since. I have had one big flare and a few minor ones. I am doing quite well really. I am very blessed that I was diagnosed so quickly and have received good medical treatment. I am aggressive about
diet, exercise and supplements as well as remaining very postive. I have a wonderful life that is filled with blessings and that is my best defense against the desease for which there is no cure as of yet.
Gretchen co-moderator MS board diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.