I decided to change my Bio and how I came to find out about MS. First I had the extreme vertigo. The type where you can't move-even your arm-without puking. The room wouldn spin and all I could do is sleep. (Reminded me of in elementary school I was spun on a tire swing really fast while I screamed to someone stop! and after I laid on the grass when the world moved around me.) It lasted a couple of days and I thought it was an inner ear infection which my dad had the year before. That was at the end or after the winter...... cont
I started working at the Sandman Hotel for the summer as a chambermaid and would complain to the other ladies that if I spin or tilt my head I'd get a little dizzy. I walked home after my shifts occasionally until I gotten the truck and changed my job to directory assistant and it seemed all excersise stopped.
The coming winter I was in a yahoo! group where a lady posted she can no longer participate due to her arms weakening because she has MS. I didn't know much about and wanted to look it up but put it off for a while. At that time I was experiencing cold feet but when I touched them with my hands they were warm. I never thought much about it and wore socks to bed.
So I finally looked up MS when my brain wouldn't stop thinking about it! I read the symptoms and saw what looks like a couple I may have. Vertigo and numbness. But the numbness I felt didn't feel like the pins and needles, it felt cold. I just shook my head and dismissed it. What I felt was nothing! It'll go away!
Not soon after my walking got a little iffy, not much to cause big alarm bells to go off but I did notice it. Went to a bar with a coworker because a KISS tribute band was playing there. Woohoo! It was fun! Ran into 2 friends I went to school with and we danced. When I did dance it felt awkward and strange. I did not drink since I had to drive home and to this day I am not a drinker at all.
When it was warmer I did go out with a friend to play pool. I'm not good but I just like to play. After walking back to his car I would be stumbling like a drunk person and I would joke about that thinking it was from the vertigo I had. Soon after that my walking would get worse (not like it is now of course). I finally had enough! Told my mom I had to go to the walk-in clinic because I suspect I had MS and had to see someone. That's where I met my fabulous doctor who knew a lot about it! Everything went quickly after that. That was in July and gotten an MRI done in September-the same year!!
Today I'm more disabled than I wished I wouldn't be. I'm a single mom, live with my parents and am waiting for a web design course to start in October so I can create my home business.