Hi from Chocolate City, USA!

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BethT
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Hi from Chocolate City, USA!

Post by BethT » Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:17 pm

I'm 51 and have been diagnosed (Relapsing-Remitting) for just over 3 years. I also had a mild stroke in 2007 and two back surgeries (2011 and 2012) and a current herniated disc. Am in the last steps now before finally getting a pain pump implanted. I have two cats; one of them saved my life when I had the stroke and will reach up with his paw to brush away my tears when I cry.

My worst flare-up was in May of last year. I spent a week in the ICU with pneumonia and then three weeks in rehab (PT and OT) before going home. Things took a dramatic downturn then, with two new brain lesions. I don't drive anymore and have to depend on caseworkers to take me to appointments, grocery shopping, etc... so I don't get around much these days. I stay busy by doing volunteer work online, posting Amber Alerts and working with various missing persons organizations. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community, to share experiences and help as well as learn from others.

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jimmylegs
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Re: Hi from Chocolate City, USA!

Post by jimmylegs » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:52 am

welcome to TiMS!
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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lyndacarol
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Re: Hi from Chocolate City, USA!

Post by lyndacarol » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:50 am

BethT wrote:I'm 51 and have been diagnosed (Relapsing-Remitting) for just over 3 years. I also had a mild stroke in 2007 and two back surgeries (2011 and 2012) and a current herniated disc. Am in the last steps now before finally getting a pain pump implanted. I have two cats; one of them saved my life when I had the stroke and will reach up with his paw to brush away my tears when I cry.

My worst flare-up was in May of last year. I spent a week in the ICU with pneumonia and then three weeks in rehab (PT and OT) before going home. Things took a dramatic downturn then, with two new brain lesions. I don't drive anymore and have to depend on caseworkers to take me to appointments, grocery shopping, etc... so I don't get around much these days. I stay busy by doing volunteer work online, posting Amber Alerts and working with various missing persons organizations. I'm looking forward to becoming a part of this community, to share experiences and help as well as learn from others.
Welcome to ThisIsMS, Beth. We are glad you found us; we look forward to your contributions and shared experiences.

My latest focus is on vitamin B12 deficiency after reading the book, Could It Be B12? An Epidemic of Misdiagnoses by Sally M. Pacholok, RN, BSN and Jeffrey J. Stuart, D.O. It is the opinion of the authors that doctors should test for a possible B12 deficiency when a patient appears with neurological, psychological, and MANY other symptoms; I hope this was part of the investigation that led to your diagnosis of MS three years ago.

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