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DEEO
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   Posted 7/18/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I wasnt sure if I wanted to post this because I am afraid that this is MS. Could this be MS? I don't get it. I get numbness/tingling on my left side and both hands. I get tingling when I sit in any postion for just minutes. Scares the heck outta me. my left side of my tongue does this too. I wake up almost everymorning with numb/tingling hands. I am tired all the time. Feel like I am dying. Feel like I am losing control and feel like I am in a dream at times. Loss of memory too. My doctor says it is stress. Or worst case mis diagnosed MS. But he doesnt think so. I see a nerologists September 22nd. I don't feel anymore stressed then I did say 6 mths ago. This just started about 3 mths ago. Does anyone else get this? I am not on meds. This feeling seems to go away if I don't think about it. I try to get moving to get my mind side tracked. Works for the most part. I did how ever had a bladder infection a few weeks ago. Never had that before. This feeling comes and goes all day long. I have maybe a day or two sometimes with no numbness/tingling. I have never been numb where I can't move anything. I also have one eye with some blurriness. But it seems I can rub it away. Also if this is MS and I have these symptoms almost daily. Coming and going throughout the day. Wouldn't I have more signs by now? How fast does MS progress?

Gretchen1
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   Posted 7/18/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey DEEO,
 
I am glad you posted here.  I am sure this is all very frightening for you.  I hope you feel comfortable here and read and learn lots.  It can be a long drawn out process to either diagnose MS or rule it out.  I am glad to hear that you are going to see a neurologist in September. 
 
MS is different for each person who has it.  It can progress very, very slowly or it can move right along.  For some it is just weird sensory stuff like you have described or it can seriously impair.  Most of us are somewhere in between those two ends of the spectrum. 
 
When you see the neurologist, I highly recommend you DON'T say, " I think I have MS."  Many doctors will then assume that you have an anxiety problem or hypochondriasis (both real and quite serious medical issues as well). So go in and try to describe the symptoms that you have.  Let the doctor know of dates of occurances and general symptom time lines.  He will do an exam and check for normal/abnormal reflexes, balance and such. 
 
From there he/she may order some tests.  Good luck and feel free to ask questions.  Againk, welcome to the board.
 
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


casinokid80
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   Posted 7/18/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
deeo im going through most of what you are talking about, except my right arm and hand got so numb i couldnt use it anymore. My symptoms are finally improving thanks to lyrica which does wonders for me. Doctors told me ive had Ms for 7 years, but was just recently diagnosed as it was my second flare up. I had light syptoms the first time including the optic nearitis, but everything went away in a week. I finally got hit again this May and im having mostly upper body problems with the numbness and lack of hand eye coordnation. Also my short term memory is horrible (was never great but now worse) but im still able to think clearly as far as everything else.

Gretchen is right about the doctors and its very hard for doctors to diagnose. GL with everything!

DEEO
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   Posted 7/18/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. Also my dr did do an exam and check for normal/abnormal reflexes, balance and such. I guess this is good that all was well with at least that. I will keep you up dated. As this is scary. I have four kids and don't want this. I know no one wants this but I hope that if I do have MS that it is slow and I dont end up in a wheel chair. I am hoping that having my meeting in September, That things dont progress to quick between now and then. I know that meds can slow it down. This is why I am upset that I have to wait so long to see the nerologist. But I also think its because my dr. thinks it is stress so there was no rush put in.

casinokid80
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   Posted 7/20/2008 12:45 AM (GMT -6)   
uhhhhhhhhhhh im sorry your doctor is a jerk!  Stress causes numbness in your hands??  Thats a new one.  I dont get how the guys went to college for 8 years, when i know more then them by reading stuff on wikipedia. I hope you dont have MS, but ive been through everything your talking about at one point or another.  Id say something quickly andd get an appointment before september.
 

Post Edited By Moderator (rhondab) : 7/22/2008 7:41:32 AM (GMT-6)


DEEO
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   Posted 7/20/2008 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Alot of people on Anxiety forums say they get numbness in hands and feet and face etc. But Not to many of them get it all together at once. I would have to say that yes stress can do it too however I feel I have to much numb/tingle for it to be just stress.

casinokid80
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   Posted 7/20/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   
really?? maybe im the jerk lol.  doesn't sound like "just" stress to me.
 
Mod Note: Please refer to forum rules, in particular rule #2.

Post Edited By Moderator (rhondab) : 7/22/2008 7:44:05 AM (GMT-6)


DEEO
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   Posted 7/21/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Me neither but it is known at times.

rhondab
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey DEEO and Casinokid

Yes, anxiety can cause many physical problems. Numbness can certainly be one of them. Stress can make u'r body seem AND BE so sick. Relax and try to let the doc's do their jobs. An appt in Sept is not at all unusual. If u'r symptoms aren't disrupting u'r daily life function or aren't debilitating, then u'r docs aren't likely considering this an emergency. Remember, the nervous system includes u'r entire body...so the symptoms u'r feeling likely feel huge to u. Just hang on and get to that appt. Keep up with u'r symptoms and any new symptoms or sudden changes in them and be sure to let u'r doc know. Don't count on u'r memory...many times we get in the doc's office and forget it all...write it down in a journal and just before u'r visit make a 'quick list' of them. Don't elaborate on the feelings or circumstances of each one...get to the point. Be sure not to repeat symptoms on u'r list. Read u'r journal carefully and only add it to u'r quick list if it's different from what u already have written down. Take that list to the doc with u and just talk facts. The doc will be interested in how those symptoms feel to u and will ask u questions pertaining to that, but he/she will not sit and read a long 'book'. Take care friend and let us know how u'r doing and how u'r appt goes.
rhonda
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DEEO
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   Posted 7/22/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks I will keep updating.
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