On Friday, September 28th 2018, I got home after a hectic day at work and went to jump in the shower. I noticed that my right foot felt tingly, like it was falling asleep, but didn’t think anything of it (normal feeling, right?)...I took a shower and went to bed.
I woke up on Saturday, September 29th 2018, and recognized that the same feeling from my right foot the night before had moved its way up my right leg up to my knee. The sensation felt slightly pins and needle-y, but also felt like someone had put ice packs on my legs for a while. I could feel the pressure of a touch but my skin felt different. I wrote this off as a pinched nerve (I had just had a massage the weekend prior), and figured it would go away. I went about my day and figured I was fine.
I woke up on Sunday, September 30th 2018 and found that the same sensation had moved up the right side of my body up to my breast on my front and about halfway up my back. I immediately decided this was abnormal, because I knew the fact that it was only one side of my body was an issue, but I still figured it was a pinched nerve. I grabbed my boyfriend’s credit card to go grocery shopping, and figured I would stop at the hospital on my way to the store to figure out what nerve I pinched so I could get it taken care of. I got to the hospital and they immediately ordered an MRI, and I didn’t leave for 4 days.
When the doctor came in to tell me they had found lesions on my brain and spine, and that he was fairly confident I had MS, I broke down. At first, I was under the impression that I had ALS, not MS, and it took him several minutes to calm me down and explain that MS and ALS were 2 very different diseases. However, I knew my life would be extremely different and it took me a great deal of time to accept my MS.
I have been lucky through my journey so far, but I am excited to share my experience with everyone here and learn about everyone else’s experiences, as we are in this together!