I had just turned 44 and was in relatively good health. I was carrying around a little extra weight, so I decided that I should start exercising. I got on the treadmill and kept going until I was drenched in sweat. No pain, no gain, right? Well I kept that up for a couple of days and I woke up with my left arm numb. I figured that I must have tweaked something with my new workout, so I took the day off. The next day my left arm and left leg were numb. The following day my right leg was numb too. Now that got my attention. I went to urgent care and the doctor could not figure out what was wrong with me, he consulted with a neurologist and made an appointment for me a few days later. So I did what anyone else would do.... Checked out WebMd. I plugged in my symptoms and among the possible diagnosis were vitamin D deficiency & MS. I chose vitamin D deficiency, because there was no way I could have anything as scary as MS.
So I went to the neurologist, explained what was happening to me and he brought up possible reasons for my condition...vitamin D deficiency or MS. He scheduled an MRI and I went to see him for my results. I was sure that he was going to prescribe a pill for my vitamin D deficiency that I went alone. I was not expecting MS.
I felt like I was gut punched. I didn't hear to much of what he was telling me after that-I was shocked. I cried all the way home & cried when I told my husband and sons. My husband came with me for my next appointment to have a spinal tap, which confirmed I had MS. I cried for a while, was scared of what was happening, was very angry for a while, then came acceptance.
My doctor gave me a lot of information, and I got on the computer for more information. Some of the information was scary and some was helpful. I started treatment and have been in relatively good health. I have my ups and downs, and I am hopeful that I will continue to be ok. I miss hot bubble baths,the jacuzzi, and being out in the sun. I get tired easily at times, but refuse to let MS stop me from enjoying my life. I try to keep a positive outlook and I think it helps.