I had numbness in hands, my balance was off, and my feet went numb. I went for an MRI of my brain that showed no visible lesions. So the spinal tap was next, which showed indications of multiple sclerosis (MS). After five years of "you may you have MS" from doctors, I requested MRIs of my spine. Sure enough, my first visible MS lesions were in my spine, so I got a diagnosis of MS in 2008.