BENEFITING: Transverse Myelitis Association
Michelle Wynter wrote -
It all started in May 5, 2005 when I complained to my Primary Physician about tingling and numbness on my left side, left foot dragging and not being able to keep my balance. I was referred to a neurologist and he ordered an MRI which came back normal an EMG. The result of the EMG was abnormal with a local lumbar root irritation. My neurologist then told me to do water exercises and said that should help. Well it did not help and after three years I went back because my symptoms got worse.
When I saw the neurologist again he ordered another MRI and this time it came back abnormal, there was a lesion in my spinal cord and he diagnosed me with Sjogrens Syndrome. I was prescribed Cellcept which is an immunosupressant which made me very ill.
I was not comfortable with the diagnosis of Sjogrens Syndrome so I searched for a different neurologist and in 2009 I found Dr. Mikesell and he was determined to find out what the legion was in my spine. He referred me to a rheumatologist that did blood test and X-ray’s which revealed that I also have Degenerative Arthritis. Dr. Mikesell also ordered another MRI of the spine and a spinal tap. Once all the tests came back, I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis.
I recently was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I also have what is called Undifferenciated AutoImmune Disease, which shows I have features of Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome.
"You can never look at a person and tell what they are going through"