On a hot summer day in 2017, Jeff Faust was spreading asphalt on a new SEPTA bridge deck in suburban Philadelphia when he began to experience severe abdominal cramps.
“I thought it was just the intense heat and me being very fatigued working a bunch of consecutive days on that job,” the 43-year-old Roseto resident says. “I had been working 12-hour shifts seven days a week for five weeks. I thought it was because I was exhausted. But things got worse for me.”
On another job, Faust would rupture his bicep. While recovering from that injury, he developed vertigo and consulted his primary care physician. When he was bedridden for a month and dropped 150 pounds, his primary care physician recommended an MRI in August 2018.
“It became clear from the scan I had multiple sclerosis (MS),” Faust says. “There were lesions covering my brain.”