Almost 18 percent of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis don’t have it
Mandy Campbell started to feel sick in 2007. She says her speech was slurred and she was starting to write “funny.”
So Campbell went to the doctor. After some tests, he determined she had MS.
“It’s kind of the death of your old life,” she told Action 9. “Am I going to be in a wheelchair? You know, what does that mean? I’m 26 years old at the time. You know, what does that mean for work? For your life? About to get married. Are you going to have kids?”
Campbell started on the medicine Betaseron.
“It’s a shot. So you do that every other day. In your arms, the back of your arms, your stomach, your legs, and your butt.” She says she did that for 11 years.
Then, in December 2017, she started getting fever and chills every day around 3 o’clock. One thing led to another. Campbell ended up at a different doctor “and within five minutes, he said, ‘You don’t have MS.'”
She was thrilled to hear that. But she didn’t know he was right until she stopped taking the shots and all of these months passed.
“I feel like a normal human being again,” she said, but “11 years of your life. So much could have been. You just don’t know.”
She still doesn’t know what illness she had that started all of this. But once you get MS, you don’t lose it. So it’s not like those medicines cured her. It looks like she just never had it to begin with.
A major hospital, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, study recently found “nearly 18 percent of patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis had been misdiagnosed.”
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