Hey everyone. I’m Karen, a 48 year old mother of 3 (ages 14, 16 and 17), wife of 21 years, special education high school teacher, devout Christian, lover of Keto diet and had been in my best health though 2018.
Was physically great before having abdominal laparotomy in January 2019 to remove an ovary and large cyst. Ever since then I’ve had symptom after symptom develop over a couple months time. Am now using a walker as I have newly diagnosed ataxia. I take strong medication to deal with total constipation. I was also quickly diagnosed with fibromyalgia as I have body pains and fatigue.
Something else:: I was a special ed high school teacher for years. Had to take 9 years off due to a bipolar diagnosis and complications. Symptoms subsided and I was able to return to part time substitue teaching in the high schools. Was just offered a full time special ed position, and after they held it for me waiting to see if i would recover from these new symptoms, i had to finally turn down the offer as i realized i was not getting better.
My neurologist did a brain MRI that came back normal so he said come back in a year if you’re still having symptoms and I’ll redo the MRI. He has not been helpful in looking for other causes to identify what type of ataxia I have, so I finally made an appointment with an ataxia specialist with higher hopes.
Happy to have found this great group. My best to you all.