Welcome to the second of many posts related to Patient Worthy’s Video Series!
We had the pleasure of interviewing PW contributor Kathryn Ferguson, a mother and a wife, who has been diagnosed with three different rare diseases. Here, she shares how she was able to obtain her PFS diagnosis.
“So my second diagnosis was the periodic fever syndrome. There was a lot of thought that I probably had some version of CAPS, although I hadn’t been diagnosed with that and there was a time when I had the quickest exposure rate at the NIH for the ice cube test.
I’m positive for Cold Urticaria and under 30 seconds, that will send me into anaphylaxis with just an ice cube. So because I was a very serious hiver, and I had the anaphylaxis concerns, I was placed into another group where they diagnosed me with periodic fever syndrome. I always had developed some low grade fevers as a result of a Cold Urticaria episode and it was from that experience that I was diagnosed with PFS (Patellofemoral syndrome).”