NASCAR’s Trevor Bayne became the youngest ever to win the Daytona 500 when he crossed the checkered line first back in 2011. Then six weeks after his victory,he started to feel symptoms of some kind of mystery illness.
Bayne had no idea what he had, until one fateful day. From an article by the Associated Press, found here on Sports Illustrated,
The youngest winner in Daytona 500 history wasn’t sick and he wasn’t suffering from any of the symptoms – nausea, fatigue, double vision and numbness in his arm – that had sidelined Bayne for five races in 2011. He just wanted an answer.
Bayne finally got it in June when doctors confirmed that the 22-year-old Bayne has multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis he revealed publicly Tuesday.
“I think MS takes time to diagnose and, as a doctor, you don’t want to jump right in and give a diagnosis to somebody,” Bayne said. “I think a smart doctor is going to continue to do things. Obviously, it’s a different kind of condition than something where you can just see it immediately, so over time they just evaluate you and the doctors just run a bunch of different tests.”
Bayne first felt the symptoms during a race in 2011, just a few weeks after his Daytona win. Originally, Bayne thought he was suffering from Lyme disease. MS wasn’t even something the doctors at the Mayo Clinic looked for, despite the fact that his younger sister also has multiple sclerosis.
That’s not to say MS is hereditary by any means, but it should have been something the doctors thought about earlier on.