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!