I found out I had MS due to a herniated disc in my lower back. In April 2015 I had thought I pulled a muscle in my lower back. This would not been the first time something like that would happen. Being that I was in construction, the job has its risks. I would go to my chiropractor often to help prevent an injury and to catch an injury early if one occurred.
I informed my chiropractor about my back, we both though it was a muscle issue or alignment issue like it has been in the past. After a month my back had gotten worst and now was in my right leg. He stopped realigning me after it got worst and order a MRI. It confirmed that it was not a muscle issue but that I herniated my disc. I had to wait a month before I could see a pain management doctor for treatment.
I went from being in the best shape of my life, running 2miles in 11mins and 30secs.To waking up one morning being unable to stand. I spent my whole day trying and all I manage to do was fall repeatedly. Frustration does not even captures the feeling I felt that day. I went from limping and dragging my right leg to barely being able to crawl all over night. No warning signs or anything. All could be possible due to a lower back injury. I had to stick it out until the appointment with the pain management doctor. The chiropractor told me to watch for certain signs in the mean time and if they occur go to the hospital.
Unfortunately they did occurred. What was once just a muscle pain in my back, was now numbness from the bottom of my ribs down and pain in my right leg and back. After hearing my story the ER doctor told me she believe it to be MS and that tests were needed to be sure. Her guess was 100% right. That was June 2015.
The hardest part for me has been, that MS has stripped me from my prime at the age of 25 over night. To know what you could do and now see what you struggle doing, that is a hard thing to deal with. You never expect to have your life turn upside down so quickly.
For those that are new to MS, my sympathies to you. There is a reason why you are new to it, and that is because it has recently impacted your life. All those that struggle with it, all I can say is that I am so sorry you have to endure this disease. Try to stay positive any way you can. This has taking so much already, do not let it take your mind too.