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Just two days after her return to the red carpet, Selma Blair gave her first television interview since joining her in October of last year Multiple sclerosis diagnosis (MS) went public. The old actress opened up Good Morning America Robin Roberts on everything to do with living with MS, to the relief she felt when she was finally not taken seriously by doctors.
"Since my son was born, I was in an MS flare and did not know it, and I gave everything to look normal," Blair said. (Her son Arthur was born seven years ago.).) "I treated myself when he was not with me, I drank, I was in pain, I did not always drink, but there were times when I did could not stand. "(Relatives: Selma Blair makes after the MS diagnoses an emotional appearance at the Oscars)
She explained how frustrating it was Many years without diagnosis. "I really had problems with:" How do I live? ", she remembered." [being] not taken seriously by doctors, only: "Single mother, you are exhausted. Financial burden, blah, blah, blah."
When she finally got the diagnosis, she cried, but not because "I was in tears," she said, "They were not panic tears, they were tears to know that I now had to undergo a body that had lost control, and that was a bit of relief."
She said there were times when she would drop her son off just a mile at school, and before she got home she had to stop and take a nap. "I was ashamed. I did the best I could, and I was a great mother, but it killed me. When I received the diagnosis, I cried somewhat relieved, "she said (See also: What is Multiple Sclerosis? Selma Blair says she probably had this incurable disease for 1
In the midst of a flare-up, she experienced one Spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder that affects her voice, fortunately the doctors believe that Blair could regain 90% of her abilities within the next year.
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She is not the only person who feels the consequences of dismissing doctors Many women suffer for years from chronic diseases and Pain, before she vomits Your stomach can tell you something is not right in your body, but you do not feel that your doctor is hearing you. Try these four strategies: (Related: How an MS diagnosis has changed my relationship to food)
First, educate yourself. Look for possible diagnoses and present them to your doctor. You can also take a look at your family history to give your doctor a more complete picture of your background. Second, you should describe your symptoms accurately. Record when and where you feel the most pain, and what you do not. (See also: Selma Blair says a 23-month test to alert her to future MS diagnosis )
Third, insist that what you experience is not normal. Tell your doctor how it affects your quality of life and do not be afraid to ask them what they would do if they were in your shoes. The best way to find a hearing doctor is often word of mouth. Ask your friends and family they are going to, and if you're new to the city, ask your neighbors or colleagues.
This story originally appeared on Health.com by Samantha Lauriello.