My husband and I love to camp with our three babies...two standard poodles and one very old boxer! We have a small organic garden and lots of fruit trees, as you have guessed I really love to be outdoors, which is a real challenge in south Louisiana heat! We have a large family with lots of grand-babies and I have one sister who lives in Birmingham, Al. she is an occupational therapist, and has been able to help me a lot. My Mother is well and strong and lives in our area. My support group is wonderful, I am very lucky. I am newly diagnosed with M.S.
I have had strange symptoms for many years. About 16 years ago I had bells palsey, after that I sort of noticed that I felt tired a lot, and didn't really have much energy some of the time. A few years later, I noticed I got very sick when I cut our grass (which I loved to do) I thought that maybe it was allergies (never thought of the heat). Slowly things went wrong, I became lactose intolrable, had stomach and bowel problems, a hot pain between my shoulder blades that never went away! My legs from my knees down began burning when I stood up too long, or walked too much. But, really things have gotten worse, bad enough to seek medical advice in the last in about the last 7 or 8 years. My internist dismissed the symptoms, and I just thought I was complaining too much. Finally it got too terrible, my eyes were giving trouble, I was exhausted all the time, if I got overheated I began tripping, legs hurt more, everything worse. It wasn't until I began having pins and needles in my legs, and numbness around my mouth did I get a refferal to a neuro who did a M.S. workup, everything was pretty normal except my brain MRI had 13 leisons. She then sent me to Houston to see Dr. Rivera, a M.S. Specialists. He confimed the dx just 10 days ago. I am still not sure what meds I will or will not be on. I am coming to terms with it all, and looking back now realize that I have had M.S. for a long time...I have been very lucky to have what seems to be a very slow progressing disease, I guess time will tell. I will try to live one day at a time and not worry what might happen, I have a lot to be grateful for.