43 year old health care worker with a limp
Mr. AB is a forty-three-year-old male nurse who is a football enthusiast and loves taking care of his patients. His smile is infectious and his coffee making skills are at par with seasoned barista!
Few months back he started noticing some pain in his right hip which he ignored initially, but over the time it got worse, his body mechanics changed, and he gradually started limping. He could not play and do certain activities with his kids like he was able to do before. Climbing stairs became taxing. He realized there was something wrong and made appointment with his primary care physician right away.
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His physician ordered some tests including x ray of his hip which came out okay. Physical therapy helped a little but not much. With no clear diagnosis and symptoms not getting better, his physical therapist and physician suspected something neurological and hence referred him to see a neurologist.
The neurologist did detailed exam, lab tests and MRI. Results confirmed the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. Mr. AB was flabbergasted. He was upset and worried for few days, however after a while his positive thinking defeated the pessimistic thoughts, and he became ready to fight and live with this condition.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the nerve cells and connections in brain and spinal cord. It may cause muscle weakness, vision changes, tingling, numbness, trouble walking, balance issues among other symptoms.
His neurologist put him on medication called ocrelizumab to slow down the progress of his disease. Over the few months after the treatment, he started feeling better. His gait improved. He is still working, taking care of his patients and hopes his home team wins the Super Bowl this time around!
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