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My Multiple Sclerosis Was Misdiagnosed As An Ear Infection. Here’s How I Finally Got A Diagnosis – GLAMOUR UK

Thursday, 1 September, 2022

My Multiple Sclerosis Was Misdiagnosed As An Ear Infection. Here’s How I Finally Got A Diagnosis – GLAMOUR UK

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Rita Tennyson, 51, shares her journey of being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Rita realised something wasn’t quite right with her health when she experienced a string of abnormal and mostly unexplained symptoms in her early twenties. Among them: numbness, muscle weakness, nausea, vertigo, and facial paralysis. At one point she was given an ear infection diagnosis — a doctor said she likely had a virus enter her ear while visiting SeaWorld on a windy day. Over the years, Tennyson had no idea what was going on with her body, but she had a strong feeling that something really wasn’t right.

It turns out Tennyson didn’t have an ear infection; she has multiple sclerosis (M.S.), a chronic neurological condition that affects the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord. M.S. symptoms can vary from person to person, but some of its early signs can include vision problems, numbness and tingling, arm or leg weakness, changes in balance and coordination, and sensitivity to heat. One important thing to understand about multiple sclerosis. is that it can’t be diagnosed using a single test. Instead, an M.S. diagnosis is made through a combination of things, including a person’s medical history, neurological exam, tests like an MRI and a lumbar puncture (spinal tap), blood tests to rule out other illnesses, and a physical exam. Tennyson’s experience isn’t exactly unique; a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can be challenging, and many M.S. symptoms overlap with those of other conditions. This is her story as told to writer, Beth Krietsch.

Read more at: https://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/article/multiple-sclerosis-mistaken-ear-infection

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