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  • Gender Male
  • Age 63
  • Relationship Married

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Starting around 2003 or 2004 I started getting a tingly feeling and burning sensation in my right foot. It wasn't constant it was more off than on. I went to my doctor and he order an MRI of my lower spine. Results of the MRI he said were I had arthritis build up on my spine around a nerve and it was pinching it. He told me there was nothing you could do at the time. About 2005 or 2006 the feeling had gotten worse. A return visit to the doctor resulted in a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. I was given a prescription for Lyrica which after short time I found did not do anything. I called the doctor and was told there was nothing they could do for me, it would have to get worse. In the summer of 2007 I had the same feeling that was in my right foot was now beginning in my left foot. The tingling in my right foot had I moved up into my right calf muscle. I also had an overwhelming stiffness in my lower back and shoulders as if I had worked out day before. My doctor referred me to a neurologist at that point and he said I needed to have an MRI performed on my entire spine and neck. When the results of the MRI came in the neurologist told me I had a mass on my spine. He did not know what it was but assumed it was either a collapsed disc or a ruptured disc and that I needed surgery. After that they would not schedule my surgery. I went to another neurology clinic and they scheduled me to see a surgeon. The neurosurgeon said after looking at my records he couldn't understand what the neurologist wanted him to operate on. After performing a bunch of physical tests on me he told me that he believed I had multiple sclerosis. He referred me to another neurologist and told them to look at MS for my condition. That neurologist did a brain MRI that revealed a problem. He then ordered a series of blood tests to be performed which came back negative. The next step was a spinal tap and on January 8th 2008 I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Today thanks to Ocrevus the medication I take I don't have the tingling or burning sensation in my feet. The stiffness is generally controlled most days as well. My walk and balance are off however and I need a walker to get around. I have tremors as well along with speech issues and swallowing issues caused by multiple sclerosis. My advice to anyone with MS is learn to adapt and then move on.


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