Hello, tluvs, welcome to the board and a great place for lots of information.
Gretchen, I think I can say yes to tluvs question but I'll try to give a "short version" of my story and hope something from it helps.
Tluvs, as for the hereditary stuff... no one else in my family is fibro or MS.
I'd suffered a lot of numbness & miscellaneous weaknesses since about '92 but my problems seem to hit full swing in spring '99 after a serious bout with a virus from a mission trip the summer of '98. AFter 2 yrs of mega bloodwork, tests, cat scans, mri's, ultrasounds etc...(there were & still are kidney issues) I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2001 by my GP who had also dx'd me hypothyroid with a uric acid issue too. He pretty much threw up his hands at that point though and the fibro became his reason for every ail. I changed GP's shortly after that for better care on the thyroid and to get the uric acid under control and the fibro was there all the time in the background, sometimes blamed for what we couldn't explain, sometimes not.
In 2002, I had what they thought was a bout with viral meningitis that hospitalized me for several days and laid me up a month with residual double vision and a dinned hearing that resulted in severe tinnitus. The double vision subsidied after 30 days. The weird thing is that they never proved meningitis, never thought to test for MS & never thought to call the neuro in on my case either but I ended up in his office with the vision and hearing problems that still went away on their own.
Over the next 4 yrs, a plethora of symptoms and crappy weaknesses would continue to plague me and because I was now approaching 50 and suffering daily migraines AND considered a type A personality, everything was blamed on the fibro, my personality, my lack of self-disicpline and my age.
Until one day in 2006, I lost fine motor control of my right arm (my legs had already been a problem for years but excused by all of the above) and happen to be at the GP's office for my thryoid appt so that she noticed it... that began the neuro merry-go-round and he dx'd MS immediately, then spent the next 18mos trying to disprove his dx because he couldn't find lesions until the optic neuritis set in in March at which point he dx'd it again, finally.
Yesterday I retrieved my hospital records from 2002, looking thru them all, the lab markers are there for MS. I suspect I'll hear the neuro tell me what he's been thinking all along: the 2002 incident was a very nasty flare totally misdx'd and mistreated. The rest is history now. My neuro doesn't call fibro a disease, he says drs just don't listen to their patients enough to hear the real issues so they find the real problem. For that I appreciate him greatly or I might still be chasing another dr to figure out what's going on.
Fear knocked ~ Faith Answered ~ No one was there! :)
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