I've had to take a small break from cpnhelp.org to deal with a number of personal issues. Pulses were put on hold as well. I've been looking for a new job, had to file bankruptcy, and this summer my health took a slight turn for the worse because of some abscesses.
I felt it was time I gave you all an update.
This summer deep abscesses began appearing on the back of my neck. I treated them with Castor Oil, which helped them open and drain, but the damned things kept coming back. Eventually, the whole back of my neck became inflamed. I saw a series of doctors, each prescribing a different antibiotic…. but none cleared up the problem. The inflammation took its toll on me and I became very physically weak. At times I felt like I was going to have a relapse. Finally a doctor diagnosed me with Hidradenitis suppurativa and I underwent surgery on September 23. The surgeon found a large abscess almost right on top of my spine. He removed the abscess, as well as the inflamed surface tissue and the next day I had a surprise. The strength in my arms and hands had returned.
It was in 2014, when I first lost a significant amount of strength in my arms and hands. At the time, I couldn’t figure out what source of inflammation was triggering it. I went from being able to type two-handed to typing one-handed, I couldn’t cut my food or handle knives safely, picking up heavy objects was difficult, and writing at times was impossible. It was a mystery. I found ways to compensate for the weakness, accepted it, and simply moved on.
After my neck surgery, I found myself typing two-handed, writing strongly and clearly, and cutting my food again. From what I can determine, there was probably a small infection festering in my neck for years. The Hidradenitis suppurativa helped exacerbate it, making it grow bigger and brought it out of hiding. As I continue to recover my abilities are waxing and waning. Alot of this has to do with the fact that my surgical site is still healing and creating inflammation in the process. The other week, I found myself strong enough to do the laundry, load/unload the dishwasher, and do some light food prep all on my own. Unfortunately, the percocet I'm taking for the lingering pain i my neck helped me physically overexert myself without noticed. My arms were really hurting the next day.
So, don’t believe the doctors when they say that M.S. relapses “just happen”. If you look hard enough you may in fact find the cause….and better yet….when you fix it, you may recover far more than you expected.