Moving forward in time, I had another attack and the diagnosis was changed to MS because the neurologist said that TM occurs only once. But none of the MS medications worked so I had numerous IV solumedrol treatments. They helped to get me walking again but with a walker. My symptoms of spasticity, spasms, girdle around my chest, pain, bladder and bowel problems were still present.
After so many IV solumedrol treatments, I became steroid dependent so I was put on mycophenolate mofetil to suppress my immune system and was weaned off steroids. I had no new attacks but by 2004, my symptoms were wearing me out so I retired from teaching. In 2005, the specialist I was seeing at the time suggested I stop mycophenolate because there was a chance of developing lymphoma and my attacks hadn’t recurred. I naively followed his advice because he was the expert.