Darren’s Story

On Thursday 28th January 2010 I finished work and went home. That evening I went to the pub with my mates and after a good night out I went home to bed.

I woke up on Friday morning with pins and needles in my legs and by the end of the day I was laid up in Bolton Infirmary waiting be transferred to Salford to see what was going on. I had no leg movement and had lost bladder control.

I was admitted to Salford Royal and underwent numerous MRI scans, blood tests and lumbar punctures and was put on IV steroids but I never responded to any kind of treatment. Two weeks later I was diagnosed with NMO and was told to undergo two weeks of plasma exchange. I had five lots of it and spent until end of May 2010 in Salford Royal still in a wheelchair.

I was then moved to a rehab unit in Leigh were I spent a further six weeks. This is where I was able to start walking again.

I was finally discharged in June 2010 and have been walking ever since, but with a struggle. We are now up to date so it’s been several years. I am currently on Mycophenolate, have been since my diagnosis, and have been relapse-free.