Maybe It Isn’t MS

Maybe it isn’t MS; perhaps it’s something else. Since my diagnosis in 1996, the doctors (and me) have blamed MS for anything and everything. In June 2021, I was filming an episode for my YouTube channel when I turned and fell completely over. MS vertigo, right? Nope. COVID or a reaction to the COVID shot was likely the cause, and it stole the rest of my summer. That was just the first day and sign that I was sick. It also wasn’t the first time we mistakenly thought a symptom meant an MS flare, and I’m sure it won’t be the last

Blaming MS is the easy way out. As it turns out, if you have one autoimmune disease, you are more likely to pick up a few more. Figuring out the new issue is often complicated by having MS since symptoms overlap. Beware, not everything turned out to be MS. I also have RA, Hashimoto’s Disease, fibromyalgia, markers for LADA diabetes, and other issues. Some of these illnesses have autoimmune markers detectable by blood tests. FYI

photo by Anna Tarazevich

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About the Author

Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.