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2022 Going Out with Vertigo

2022 Going Out with Vertigo

Happy New Year everyone. It is officially over. We made it through another holiday season. I started 2022 in the hospital with Covid and ended at home with a new symptom, Vertigo. I never had this before. It came out of nowhere. I was watching TV on December 30th and leaned my head to the side. Wow, I was spinning 😵‍💫. What the heck is going on now?? I can have low blood pressure, that was my first thought. Of…

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Steroid Withdrawal

Steroid Withdrawal

We decided to do a round of steroids. I discussed this with both my neurologists. Throughout my years with MS, I would average steroid infusion treatments two times every year. That is why I was on so many disease modifying therapy drugs for multiple sclerosis, I always had relapses despite taking these medications. I hated steroid infusion. I hated the side effects. I hated the withdrawal. I refused to taper after the first few years dealing with steroids. Going from…

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My age 51 my body is much older

My age 51 my body is much older

It’s my birthday tomorrow. 51!!! I’m middle age. I think my body has been middle age since I was 43. That was when multiple sclerosis hit me with the last relapse that started my path of true disability. It’s been 8 years since that last relapse. It was when I was switching from Tysabri to Rituxan. I made the mistake of stopping Tysabri because I actually had the thought of switching to an experimental drug. I needed to be off…

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Valentine’s Day marks 23 years with multiple sclerosis

Valentine’s Day marks 23 years with multiple sclerosis

At the age of 49 I’ve lived almost half my life with the disease. It was the weekend of Valentine’s Day when I was moving into my new home that my left foot started to go numb. Within 4 days it was all the way up the entire side of my body. Within 6 days I was at a neurologist who was asking my mom and I if anyone in my family had MS. Having actually had optic neuritis about…

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MRI Today

MRI Today

Today I have a very long MRI. It is of the brain, cervical and thoracic spine with and without contrast. I would say this is probably at least my 22nd MRI since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 22 years ago. I am no stranger to these tests. I have actually had numerous life epiphanies during my MRIs over the years. One was when I decided I wanted to be a bookkeeper/accountant. I started to look in the papers for…

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My four walls of multiple sclerosis

My four walls of multiple sclerosis

I wrote this blog post on November 7, 2016. Almost 4 years ago to the day. I was originally going to just link it in this post when I realized I would probably be repeating the same general things. Obviously Covid has made my MS daily activities null and void but I’m not complaining. Truthfully my MS is much different 4 years later. I’m mostly in a wheelchair now. I’m in a new place, not my apartment anymore. Things are…

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Gradual disease progression

Gradual disease progression

How are you feeling? Seems that this is always the question asked by everyone that knows me. Today, I asked myself. I have written many blogs about lack of sleep Sleep deprived, many about accidents A horrible and humbling outing, and even some on actual feeling How are you feeling? The truth about Parethesia, but it’s been a while since I actually said how I was feeling. I’ve had multiple sclerosis for 22 years now. My disease modifying therapy is…

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Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis

For my wheelchair evaluation, I’m going out…my wheelchair evaluation my neurologist needed to submit a letter of need. Due to the coronavirus, we did this via teleconference the second week of April. He’s been my neurologist for 22 years. He has files upon files upon files on May. We laugh, actually, at how many times my files have been thinned and moved to storage. My file still always remain as thick as medical encyclopedia. I explain this so you know…

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Not liking physical therapy

Not liking physical therapy

So after a second day of consuming a regiment of oregano oil and using Doterra Breathe, I got into bed sneezed once and never sneezed again. Achoo-ing through the night. Woke up fine. So strange!!!! I’m doing much better with the Provigil. I’m so happy to report. I am no longer waking up exhausted as if I never slept. That has been such a huge difference that I’ve been able to get back to my life. I have still been…

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Happy 22nd anniversary multiple sclerosis

Happy 22nd anniversary multiple sclerosis

22 years ago started my second multiple sclerosis relapse that lead to my diagnosis five days later. My first was optic neuritis but by itself had no name. It was 6 months later on Valentine’s Day weekend when I moved into my new house and my left side started to go numb. What started in my foot quickly traveled through my entire left side up to my face. I had difficulty walking, muscle atrophy and numbness that would never fully…

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