Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Craig was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 30 years ago

He was 33 years old, and had completed medical school and a residency in family medicine. He was working as a Family physician, was married with a newborn baby.

His initial symptom was a knee that "gave way" while he was walking. He didn't feel he could jump as high while playing basketball. He saw several physicians but they did not feel he had any real neurological symptoms. There were no real tests for MS then, diagnosis was based on symptoms.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, was a new diagnostic tool that could actually illuminate the areas of demylenation typically seen in MS. Craig's MRI was similar to this, showing one very large "plaque" and several smaller ones.

His initial symptoms continued to be largely unnoticeable and only apparent when he was fatigued. Primarily he would develop a limp or drag one of his legs when he got hot or tired.

He continued to work full time and gradually began to use a cane and a walker, then a manual wheelchair. He currently uses a power wheelchair.

He participated in many clinical trials and research studies. He was able to work full time until he took a medical retirement.

Though his life is not what he had planned it to be he has still been able to live a very full life.

He continues to take medications daily to combat the muscle spasticity and to help suppress the autoimmune properties of Multiple Sclerosis. His MRIs over the last 7 years have actually shown an improvement but this hashn't translated into a physical improvement.

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