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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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Ocrevus infusion a few months later

Ocrevus infusion a few months later

I’ve been asked this question quite a number of times so I thought I’d address this in my blog. I’m asked, do you feel any better since you’ve been on Ocrevus? Where I’d love to give a wonderful answer here, the answer is NO. however it’s also very important to answer, I also don’t feel worse. When I was on Tysabri, I was still feeling worse month to month. That’s why we made the switch originally to Rituxan, which is…

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My disabling MS attack in 2014

My disabling MS attack in 2014

It wasn’t always a battle. I remember at 40 I was still walking pretty good. I’d have a limp every now and then, when my legs were tired, but an outsider would never know. I’d have occasional bathroom accidents that I used to hide, but back then it was easier. Most of my symptoms were invisible. My balance was never great and I wasn’t running any marathons. Hell, I wasn’t walking any marathons either but I was nothing like I…

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Multiple sclerosis swallowing and respiratory issues

Multiple sclerosis swallowing and respiratory issues

I’d like to pretend this isn’t really happening. It’s much easier to live in ignorance. However, I’ve been noticing this symptom coming up more often than I’d like to see it. When I’m having dinner and it can be fish, beans, or rice, Sometimes the food doesn’t get all the way down my throat when I swallow. I almost have to drink a little water to push it down. It’s just almost feels like the food builds up and it’s…

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Update on the European withdrawal on high dose biotin application

Update on the European withdrawal on high dose biotin application

As promised it was the first question I asked my neurologist. She explains that the study had 93 people in it. According to the study, over the course of a year, of the 93 people enrolled something like 20 of them had relapses that I never had a relapses before. That’s why they deemed that the high does biotin was not effective. This is the information on the application for the withdrawal. http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/medicines/human/medicines/004153/wapp/Initial_authorisation/human_wapp_000247.jsp&mid=WC0b01ac058001d128. Well my doctor explained that she, as…

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