the partial vision loss lasted no more than a minute (never happened again). The double vision lasted about 3-4 months but hasn't happenned again since. The eye pain happened 2-3 times in 5 years and it lasts 5-7 days. The same toe goes numb everyday and it can stay that way for hours at a time. Sometimes I have shoes on and sometimes I don't. There doesn't seem to be a pattern. The top of my nose tingling and going numb happened once and lasted 5-6 days. I also had some tingling and numbness in my fingers, the same hand every time. I went through a period where my meaty part of my hand (under the tumb) felt as if it was swollen but no swelling apparent and it hurt just to touch it. My vertigo or balance problem has been with me for the past year. The fatigue has been worse for the last couple of years. I wake up feeling very tired, even after sleeping 9 hours per night. People are even commenting on how tired I look. I am just 37 years old, I shouldn't feel this way! I have a cousin that died of a brain tumor at 33 years old. We were born the same year. Anyways, that is my story!
I think a second opinion could be in order as well. I am not a nurse. I don't know about migraine as a catch all for things. I do know ( from my diagnostic experience ) that it seems like we really don't know much. The human body is amazingly complicated. I was amazed at how easy it was to misdiagnose me with a "stroke". I do feel real lucky to have had a quick re-diagnosis though.
I do agree with Cats. Your symptoms after five years seem pretty mild. That is very good news. It could still be MS or something else but it could just be those awful migraines as well. I am very high functioning with my MS. I still work full time. I have only had this disease for a little over a year and a half but I have loads of residuals. I have bowel and bladder issues. I have eye tracking problems. I have constant (and I mean constant 24/7 never goes away) vertigo. I have near total numbness in my feet that is also a constant. I have some cognitive impairment with concentration and focus. I have other patches of numbness that are also constant - my left thumb and a large patch on my torso that stretches from my belly button around to my back. I have chronic spasticity in my left knee with deep numbness. I also have mild drop foot in my left foot. I have loads of things I have to do manage all this. I take adderall for the concentration stuff. I have to constantly watch for bladder infections. I manage the bowel issues with incredible amounts of fiber/water and a really good diet. I also excercise as much as a can and stretch those muscles.
I don't mean to discount your symptoms but this is what I have accumulated in a year and a half. Most people I know have it worse than I do. So wait and watch may not be such bad advice. Just keep track of your symptoms and if anything else pops up then go right back at your doctor.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Love and prayers,
Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 2/28/2008 7:40:57 AM (GMT-7)