i had a bike accident about 3 years ago. a few months later i started to get strange symptoms on my shins. i attributed it to sitting in yoga on the hard floors. then, a few months after that i developed really severe lhermittes. since i had the bike accident i had been dealing with ongoing back and shoulder pain. the docs assumed the pain and tingling was because of the accident compressing a nerve somewhere and i had been put on medical leave at work for 6 weeks. then i hurt myself at work about 10 months after my initial bike accident. only then was i finally given an MRI because now my hands were tingling too. the workers comp doctor was a special type of evil. i'm trying to let go of my anger towards her...
the appointment for the MRI results went something like this:
"blah blah blah, i think you're faking blah, blah, blah..."
after she was done treating me like a malingerer i asked her for my MRI results. she said "oh i haven't seen them yet either, let me grab them." she comes back into the room reading through the report and says "hmmmm, it looks like your discs are fine but you have demyelination in your spinal cord, you should see a neurologist to get tested for MS. do you want a copy of the MRI report?"
yep, she never accused me of faking my symptoms again. but she did try to convince me that i didn't hurt myself at work. repeatedly. at every appointment. sometimes getting a second doctor to come in the exam room with her. ugh.
from there, i went on to a neurologist and got complete scans with and without contrast for a diagnosis, and a second opinion at UCSF to confirm my dx. once i got the MRI's it was a slam dunk--clinically definite, and took less than a month from start to finish. i just wish that i would have had some type of heads up that it could be MS. i had no warning at all and coupled with the callously delivered MRI results i am still not over the shock of being diagnosed 2+ years later.
Dx: 9/8/11 RRMS
Gluten and dairy free diet
copaxone x3: let's hope the third time is the charm!