Sunday, December 20, 2015

Multiple Sclerosis

What can I say about Multiple Sclerosis. Well it is a major trip.
I found out that I had MS in March 2015.
It started when I was shoveling snow and ice off our driveway so I could get to work the next day. When I got done my feet and legs started feeling numb and asleep.  As the days the days went on I lost my coordination and balance and walking was a challenge. One day I woke up and could not move hardly. My wife called the doctor and the PA was completely stumped. She sent me home and said come back if is worst it got worst. My regular doctor was at a loss at what was going on. He sent me to a brain and spine specialist. They IVed me with some heavy duty steroids that helped my walking. They Did an MRI and then a spinal tap. Neither one was any fun. During a three hour MRI My blood sugar dropped way low. That was not good since I have type 2 diabetes. The spinal tap felt like the doctor was having to use his knee in my back to get the needle in.
I spent 7 days in the hospital. The whole time I was walking around and exercising to get my walking back. I walked out of the hospital.
I started taking Tysabri some time after my hospital stay.
Tysabri is a black box drug. In other words it can kill me or give me brain damage. It sucks knowing this but it is helping me live.

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