Selma Blair Shares the First Moment She Noticed Her Leg Was Numb Prior to MS Diagnosis

From Prevention

  • Selma Blair, 48, opened up about her early multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms in a new Instagram post.

  • The actress said her “leg was numb” while walking in Christian Siriano’s fashion show three years ago.

  • “I couldn’t feel the ground or how to lift my left leg,” Blair said.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in August 2018, Selma Blair has been completely open about what it’s like to live with the chronic condition. She invested in a cane and walking bike to help with her mobility issues, shaved her head as she underwent chemotherapy, and gave the world a look at what it’s like to be a parent while battling a disease.

The actress still looks back on the initial symptoms she experienced and how they changed her life forever. In a new Instagram post, she recalled a time three years ago when she walked in designer Christian Siriano’s fashion show and felt her left leg going numb.

“When I first stepped out. I couldn’t feel the ground or how to lift my left leg,” Blair wrote, adding it was the “first time” she experienced this. “My brain was trying to compute. As I walked the runway, stunned.”

Blair also shared photos from the fashion show, where she wore a gorgeous red gown. “It hardly dampened my day though,” she said of her struggle to walk. “What a show it was.”

Numbness or tingling is fairly common in those with MS, along with other symptoms like fatigue, weakness, walking difficulties, emotional changes, slurred speech, vision problems, and more. The central nervous system disease results in a breakdown in communication between the brain and rest of the body.

Blair first revealed she was diagnosed with MS in October 2018 after having trouble walking. The actress initially thought she had a pinched nerve, but an MRI revealed lesions on her brain.

“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” Blair wrote on Instagram, adding that she’s likely had it for 15 years. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”

Since her diagnosis, Blair has been candid about her experience on social media, revealing both the hard times and also the victories surrounding her health. The the actress recently shared that she was able to ride her horse Mr. Nibbles despite the numbness in her left leg.

“When I bought Nibbles three years ago, it was my biggest investment in myself. A sober self with increasingly unremitting exhaustion,” she said. “I couldn’t feel my bum or left leg on my horse. The proprioception issues, inability to sit still, spasms, twitches. Jerks. Dystonia increased.”

“I just laughed and thought getting older is impossible! But it was MS and it got too big and I had to take a break until now,” she continued. “I am at the beginning. Still. And I cannot stop smiling. I cannot.”

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