A young Scottish mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after mistaking the condition for a ‘trapped nerve’

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A young Scottish mother received a life-changing diagnosis of multiple sclerosis after she believed she had just had a trapped nerve.

Shannon Turnball, 25, began experiencing strange symptoms, including tingling and vision changes, in early January.

She knew something was wrong when the left side of her body went numb, but it wasn’t until she was rushed to the ER on Monday January 24 that the true cause was established.

An MRI and various tests revealed that he had multiple sclerosis (MS), a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord and cause problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation and balance.

The mother, from Edinburgh, was left in shock after initially attributing her symptoms to a trapped nerve, Edinburgh Live reports.

Shannon started experiencing strange symptoms in January

She said: “About three weeks and a bit now I started to develop what I could only describe as skin tenderness on my back on the lower left side.

“Touching it hurt, even having my clothes on hurt, even the temperature affected this. I thought maybe I pulled a muscle, I’m sure it will fix itself.”

“As the days went by it got worse, it was rapidly spreading to my tummy. I still didn’t think much of it and hoped it would go away. I started to develop extreme numbness in the affected areas and as the days went by it was getting spreading up my leg.

Shannon spent 72 hours in hospital after losing all function in her left leg before she was diagnosed.

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She is now coming to terms with living with the condition, which has no cure.

Shannon continued, “By the Monday I was just out, my left lower back, belly and thigh were completely numb. I felt like I had an epidural!”

“I visited my doctor and had some blood work done and he referred me to a neurologist for an appointment in a couple of weeks. He told me to contact them if the symptoms got worse.”

“Tuesday morning I woke up and my leg was extremely weak, the numbness had covered my entire leg and I couldn’t walk properly.

“The doctor sent me straight to the ER where I underwent multiple MRIs and brain scans. After spending 72 hours in the hospital and almost completely losing function in my left leg, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition that affects the brain and nervous system. It is caused by the immune system mistakenly attacking the brain and nerves. Multiple sclerosis cannot be cured.

“The moment I found out about my diagnosis, I instantly knew my life would change forever.”

The mother of two has been recovering in hospital and learning to walk again.

She will know how long she has had the condition after further MRI, but doctors have already confirmed that she has been suffering with the condition “for a while”.

The 25-year-old explains how her life was turned upside down in just a few days of diagnosis.

Shannon said: “Last Saturday I was running in the soft game with my kids and this Saturday I can’t even walk. Why is life so unfair?”

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“The hardest thing to deal with has definitely been the loss of function in my left leg. I’ve been walking since I was a year old and at the age of 25 now I have to re-teach my leg how to walk again, which is very frustrating and exhausting.”

The young family has to review their lives to adjust to Shannon’s new condition, which includes moving to a more accessible house since Shannon can no longer use the stairs.

The brave mother is now sharing her story on social media in a bid to raise awareness of the condition.

She said: “Honestly, I was really nervous about sharing my story, but I really came to A&E thinking I had a pinched nerve.

“Scotland has the highest rates of MS, I can’t understand why there is so little awareness of this condition.”

According to the MS Society, there are more than 15,000 people with MS in Scotland. This makes the condition more common in Scotland than in most other countries in the world.

You can follow Shannon’s story here and find out more about the condition here.



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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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