Yup, I’ve been away for a few days. Like the post title says, MS sucks. Big time.
I’ve actually been in the thick of a relapse for a couple of months, but as my GP refuses to treat anything to do with the MS, there isn’t much I could do about it. My first clue was when my left eye started acting up again a couple of months ago. Then a couple of weeks ago I woke up one day with horrendous vertigo that just would not go away.
I know I should have long since gone to the ER for help, but I’m so used to being told that’s not an appropriate place to seek treatments for relapses. I should see my GP, they tell me. Really? But he says no, call your neuro or go to the ER.
If you’ve ever had to see a specialist, you know it’s not like you can just call them up get an appointment in a few days. Months, maybe. Hell, where I’m at, you can’t even do that with your family physician. (If you’re lucky enough to even have one, that is. Your insurance or lack thereof, makes zero difference anymore. There simply aren’t enough of them practicing here, and the ones that do seem to actively avoid anyone with a complicated medical history.)
A couple of weeks ago I woke up with horrendous vertigo that would not go away. Walking was nearly impossible. So, after a long scheduled test for another MS issue at the hospital this past Thursday, and after coming close to braining myself in the shower that morning, off went down the hall to the ER.
Fortunately, there was a neuro who works with mine on duty, and he soon had me hooked up to what ended up being a three-day course of high dose of IV steroids. I can walk again. Yay!
This is the first time anyone has bothered to treat a relapse, so as tiring and frustrating as going back and forth and waiting for hours to get plugged back in, I’m most happy to be walking again. You know, without falling and bashing into every wall.
Okay, that’s my TMI post of the week!