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sandune
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   Posted 7/1/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure at this point yet what that is. I had a situation 3 years ago where I had to go to the ER. I had this terrible pain that shot down my leg from my butt. At the time I thought maybe it was a back problem. It was pain I never ever felt before. It was some kind of  a nerve thing. It was os bad I was laughing and crying. It lasted about 24 hours the ER doc put me on a dose pack and I felt great. In fact my fatigue felt great too I wished I could stay on it. It was so weird I told my husband it made me feel normal.
My question does this sound at all like an attack or mostly just like some back problem acting up? Again the pain was unbelievable. I haven't told the doctor about this yet. Please anyone comment appreciated.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/1/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   

That does sound like a back problem.  Have you ever had sciatica?  That pretty much describes it.  Shooting excruciating pain down your leg from your butt or lower back. 

I am not sure what you mean by the word "attack".  If you mean an MS flare or exacerbation, well those are pretty hard to describe because those are different depending on which part of the brain or spinal cord is being damaged by demyelination.  My first "attack" caused severe vertigo with nausea.  I ended up in the hospital for a couple of days because I could not walk with the spinning (lesion on the cerebellum).  My most recent "attack" caused numbness and some nerve pain from the waist down (spinal lesion).  So it is really hard to say. 

It sounds like your doctor put you on a pain reliever with a steroid.  That may be why you felt so good.  That would have relieved that pain and gotten the inflammation down so the pain didn't return. Steroids usually give you some decent energy.  I am not sure what a dose pack is (sorry ).

MS flares last longer than 24 hours so you can rest assured that that is not what it was.  The definition of an MS flare is any residual symptom that is significantly worse or new symptom that lasts longer than 24 hours.  My last flare lasted several weeks.

Keep asking questions.  That is why we are here.


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


sandune
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   Posted 7/1/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen:
I hope that using the word attack wasn't offessive it wasn't intended. I was reading the book sent to me from The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and on page 6 in describe Relapsing remitting as clearly defined attacks. So that is where it came from. I want to use the right words. The dose pack is a steroid. I am a little confused because my main symptom is extreme fatigue. Also another question When they say that the MRI must show lesions in 2 areas can that mean 2 areas of the brain? Or does it mean brain - spinal cord? Thanks again.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I hope it did not sound like I was offended, I was not in the least.  I just don't usually hear the word attack!  I try so hard to sounds informative and friendly but I guess I end up sounding harsh!!  This is certainly not my intention.

Ok, back to your other question.  When it says two or more lesions, those lesions can be anywhere on the brain or spinal cord.  Some have lesions just on their brain others just on their spine and others have them in both places.  For example, I have 5 lesions.  I have two on my brain and 3 on my spine.  It is a weird thing that the number of lesions rarely cooresponds to disability.  Some have just a few and can be very impaired while others have dozens and are less impaired. 


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


sandune
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   Posted 7/1/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Gretchen: No I just wanted to make sure. You are so supportive and the way you respond to everyone is amazing! It was after I read mine I didn't know how it sounded. I was trying to use the book. Whatever forget that.

Okay so the neuro pointed out lesions of my brain at least 4-5 probably more. I still have to go for spine MRI. They are small sub centimeter. They have progressed since 3 years ago.
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