symptom inventory and relapses

It's that time of year, when I take begin to take stock of what has happened to me in the past three years. I count my chickens and my gray hairs.

Besides preparing to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary this week-end, this is what has been on my mind (with some clarification from Jason)...

how many relapses have I had?

Original attack: June 2006

- treated with 5 days of IV prednisone followed by an oral taper

Diagnosis (due to new lesions, but no new symptoms): January 2007

First relapse: April 2007

- I began taking Copaxone March 2007 until October 2007

Second relapse: January 2008

- I began taking Rebif February 2008

My relapses have been defined by severe "subjective vertigo" and one wicked "pain in my head" (I stress that it was a pain in my forehead, as opposed to a "headache").

I don't have any NEW numbness or tingly feelings. The original numb spots are still present, and at times I get a numb feeling where I haven't had a numb feeling for two years! Like today, my chin/throat area feels numb, but I had this in same feeling in August 2006, and it is likely caused by a lesion in my thoracic spine.

And...let me do the math...I have gone over fifteen months without a relapse!

woot woot!

Emily

3 comments:

corina said...
May 16, 2009 at 7:28 AM

let me cheer with you
woot woot!

Ladyfingers said...
May 16, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Me too
woot woot!

Mom XO

mchen said...
May 26, 2009 at 1:58 PM

A big happy Woot woot from here too :) It's really smart of you to keep close track of everything, not just medically, but also to see how strong you are to have muscled through all this. Keep truckin' emms! You are inspiring.

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