Well, made it a couple of months without a hospital visit but on August 20th, 2012 I went into the ER. Was just not feeling great, I knew I was having a flare. Super weak legs, vision loss, and bladder retention were my worst symptoms that drove me in. As they say, “If you can’t pea, see, or climb a tree, you should come in”. So after 8 hours of waiting in the ER, well, outside to avoid getting sick, I was finally admitted. I know this routine, nothing new to me, 8 hour wait, get a room, then 1,000mg of Solu-Medrol for 3-5 days. Same old same old.
I have read it over and over, I know the science behind it, but I never really felt it til recently, red meat is just bad for MS. Among the many reasons for this, it is a major inflammatory substance which can worsen MS symptoms. Some people say they feel the effects within an hour of ingestion, but me? Usually takes a day or so. I had a steak last night, it was good, but I regret it now. Where I was once not so sensitive to dietary factors I now seem to be noticing some ill effects with certain foods.
Months and months I waited for this appointment, finally I get in… And….
Well, let’s just say it didn’t go my way… At all… I went in with the following list:
I am so over being in pain. I don’t complain about it much because I have a high tolerance. Most days I won’t even notice it but today? It sucks. My arms feel like they are engulfed in an icy flame if that makes sense. Cold/burning sensation, up to my elbows, and random patches on my chest. Skin is sensitive to the touch again… If you have ever had a tooth ache, that is how all my joints in my fingers feel, plus along my forearms, and into my elbows. Even on my back now that I think about it, my skin is sensitive and it hurts to lean on back of the chair. Hard to type because I just feel… like crap…