In this Woman’s Health feature, a fit and healthy young woman talks about what it was like being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 25.
A diagnosis of MS comes as a shock to most people, but even more so for young and healthy women who often think they’re the least likely to develop the condition. But the truth is: 80 percent of people diagnosed with MS are women in their childbearing years.
Megan Tyler from New York City first suspected something was wrong when she began to experience numbness and tingling in her legs and feet. She initially chalked the symptoms up to wearing high-heeled shoes but as the numbness got progressively worse and traveled further up her body, she went to see her doctor.
After many tests, she was told that she had swelling of the spinal cord and was diagnosed with converse myelitis, which is often an early indicator of multiple sclerosis. MS was later confirmed.
Megan considers herself lucky that she recovered from her initial attack and although she has had other subsequent attacks, they haven’t been as severe and she was able to take steroid treatments to address the problems quickly.
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