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Sarah Shares Her Multiple Sclerosis Warning Signs (VIDEO)

 
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Sarah Shares Her Multiple Sclerosis Warning Signs (VIDEO)
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Sarah introduces herself and discusses the warning signs she sensed before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Sarah:
My name is Sarah Keitt. I was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis in April 2000, and since then I have become an advocate for patients with MS.

I knew something was wrong when I had trouble walking home from work, a mile and a half, two-mile walk I normally did easily. I all of a sudden found myself having to stop and rest two or three times to get home, and I was having trouble walking upstairs. My legs felt very weak and I was having trouble breathing.

And initially, my doctors chalked it up to anemia or fatigue. And then when those were not the problems, there was a whole battery of other tests and strange diagnoses thrown out, and finally I was told it was all in my head, and “You are probably just depressed and over-worked.”

About six months after that, I woke up one day and I couldn’t feel my right leg. It was numb from the thigh down, and again, the doctor just sort of shrugged his shoulders and then said, “Well, maybe you pinched a nerve.” And then the next day my other leg was numb, and obviously, it wasn’t a pinched nerve. And I went to see a neurologist, and he said it was probably MS but he wanted to do some tests, and while we were waiting for those tests to come back, I lost the vision in my left eye. And so within a week from seeing the neurologist to when I lost my vision in my eye, they were able to confirm the diagnosis of MS.

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Thank you for sharing your experience; I've been in limbo hell for a couple of years now. I'm taking a break from the doctors now; but unfortunately it doesn't stop the symptoms! I secretly act as if I don't have MS and try to forget about it; however, I am reminded many times a day that this is not the case. I have 2 neurologists fighting over the fact of demylenation and the MS. I'm one of those rare patients whose lesions are hidden; but because of visible symptoms they know that they are there. I have been experiencing the hug for the past few days and it is enough to make a person crazy. I have a deep conviction for remaining positive and I try to use humor as my weapon against insanity of it all. Thank you for sharing; seeing posts like yours helps me keep my head up!

April 20, 2010 - 9:06pm
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