Unsure of Diagnosis

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little_deb
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I am new here so, if I sound a little bit like I am rambling, I do apologize. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, IBS,Osteopenia,severe depression and Anxiety attacks almost a year ago. My rheumatologist & Psychiatrist say that I have been dealing with these things for quite some time according to my PCP records (mind you, my PCP never told me what I had, just kept testing & shoving me from Doc to Doc). Anyway, about a month ago I started having blackouts with memory loss so, my Rheumatologist had me get an MRI and my Psychiatrist had me get an EEG about 2 weeks ago to check for tumors & seizures. Well, I got the results of the MRI and according to the Rheumatologist, I have several lesions on my brain pointing to MS. I have tried all kinds of meds for the Fibro including Lyrica (which made no difference in the way I was feeling). I currently take 250mg of Soma 3x per day, Amitiza, risperdone, cymbalta, and 30 mg Restoril to sleep. I am not feeling better at all, sometimes I feel worse than I did before the original diagnosis. Is it possible that I can have both Fibro & MS? I will be seeing a neuro on the 10th of Sept. Can anyone please help me to better understand what is going on with me & has anyone been where I am now.

Thanks,
Debbie

rhondab
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2008 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Debbie

Welcome to the board. I"m so sorry for all u've been going thru and are still struggling with. U must be quite strong and i'm glad to see that ur here and seeking help. Yes, it's possible to have both MS and Fibro. Have u seen a neurologist yet?? U"r Rheumy should've referred u to one. Please ask for that if it's not already been done. There are many tests that should be done to be certain of that dx and maybe u've already had several of those, but if any further investigation needs to be done then it should be done quickly so as not to drag this out further for u. I'm so glad u'r here and hope u'll feel comfortable asking questions and posting. This is a great community of people who will do all they can to help u find answers. Take care and please let us know how u are proceeding with the neuro situation. Again, welcome.
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little_deb
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have had the MRI done which showed several lesions that are indicitive of MS. I have had a spine MRI also that showed my L5-S1 completely enlarged. My cognitive skills are also challenged (memory loss, stuttering, headaches, losing thought mid sentence, speech problems) I also have the vertigo, sensitivity to cold & hot, numbness & tingling in feet, arms, legs and top of head & face. I sometimes stumble when I walk and my legs & hips hurt when I stand, sit or walk too much. In doing my own investigations of both MS & Fibro, I have signs & Dr diagnosis of both. I guess I am just confused on how to proceed with treatment for both. I am scheduled to see a Neuro on Sept 10th, maybe between this forum & my doctors working together, I may come to understand how all of this came about & the best way to treat everything. I have also had my heart checked & all is good there (thank goodness). Thank you for the respond, I appreciate it.

Debbie

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/29/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Debbie,

It is nice to meet you.  I am glad you found this forum.  It is certainly possible to have both fibro and MS.  You have said that you have had a doctor diagnose you with both fibro and MS.  What is it that you are unsure of?

By the way, blacking out is not a typical MS symptom.  I am very glad to hear that you have an appointment with a neuro.  Let us know how that goes.  Please post any questions you may have.
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006

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