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Targa1973
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/13/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 35 years old and my mother had MS. about 8 years ago, My doctor performed a series of tests that suggested the possible onset of M.S. (This came following my sudden collapsing the year following my son's birth) He scheduled an MRI, which I never went for. I dismissed my neurological disturbances as resulting from 3 epidurals and 2 spinal blocks and put the thought of having MS in the back of my mind. My symptoms didn't seem to worsen in the coming years, but now I am very concerned, especially with my knowledge of researcher's hereditary link with the disease. I have recently experienced progression of symptoms (I gave birth to my fourth child 13 months ago) and am seeking advice. I haven't been to the doctor due to lack of insurance coverage, but am eligible for benefits soon. Please tell me if I am just being paranoid!!!
My symptoms include:

*Numbness/tingling/pins and needles sensation in arms, hands and fingertips (especially fingertips, predominately left hand)
*Pain (sometimes severe) in left leg and foot/numbness in toes
*Aches and pains in both arms
*Aches in neck (stiffness) and shoulders and back
*Sudden overwhelming urge to urinate and occasional incontinence when sneezing or coughing
*Frequent and increasing short-term memory loss
*Difficulty sleeping (staying asleep)
*Moderate to severe afternoon fatigue (usually between 2 and 3 pm)
*Occasional blurred vision and/or small flashes of white light jumping around

Symptoms worsen with sever cloudiness and/or rain..... confused

rhondab
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   Posted 9/13/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Targa

Welcome to the board! I'm so glad u'r here. I'm so sorry to hear of u'r symptoms and fears of ms. U'r doc was right on with the MRI. Not only can is show lesions if they are there, but it can make clear other things that may be lurking and causing u'r symptoms. Yes, i'd go back to the doc as soon as u'r insurance provides coverage. I"m not sure id head right back to a neuro. Either a neuro or a PCP should be just fine for now. If needed, u'r pcp can refer u and with a referrall u'll get into the neuro much faster.

The symptoms u list is a bit varied. Some can be ms symptoms, but some dont seem to be. U say they worsen with cloudiness or rain....could u be suffering some form of arthritis?? The urge to urinate,difficulty sleeping or staying asleep and afternoon fatigue could also be early menopause. I am 40 and my doc suggested i was beginning early menopause three years ago. Of course u'r probs have been going on for a long time. I wouldn't at all discount ms, but just keep ur eyes open and be ready to explore. With the experience of u'r mom, u know very well what u may be looking at. Hang in there friend and get to that doc soon. Please feel free to ask any questions u may have or to just post and lean on us. We'll be here.
rhonda
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*~*Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.*~*
 
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 9/13/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry you are worried and not feeling well.  The jury is out on the hereditary thing and MS.  You find about equal articles, studies and the rest that argue either way.  I have not heard that MS causes collapsing, but then again, everyone is different.  After four kids (you go girl!!!!) many women have bladder issues.  By all means, you need to go talk to a doctor.  Try not to go at your doctor saying, " I am pretty sure I have MS."  Doctors then start thinking hypochondriasis or stress or depression and anxiety.  Just tell them your symptoms and see what they say. 

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

 


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


shaun/shan
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   Posted 9/14/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
nono Hi there, my husband has 11 family members with ms. They are involved in a study at the University of Utah. He started having symptoms when he was 24. It ranged from severe pains down his legs and hips, numbness in feet, fatigue, he would trip once in a while. The pain was weird, it would hit him out of no where, he said it got sobad it hurt for him to be touched. Then 2 years ago he went to get tested, the spinal tap was performed 3 times because they couldn't get enough fluid out of his spine. THis sent him into an ms episode, and he was in a wheel chair for four months. He was hard to diagnose, for a year they couldn't find his leasions, sometimes they are too small to find. The worst thing you can do is put off getting a diagnosis, good or bad, because it can lead to permanent damage. He get dizzy, words in a sentence get switched around, numbness, he losses control of his legs, has a hard time using the bathroom. THere are so lmany symptoms. He has 2 sisters that live normal lives with ms, his is more severe. If you need any help let lme know, we have been through so much with this and had to learn so much. With ms you do need vitamin D, which the sun gives you, the heat will bother you more than the cold. I hope we can help because it is a life changing diagnosis, and you will need a good support system. Good luck

Gretchen1
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   Posted 9/14/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
shaun/shan,
 
Welcome to the board.  I am glad you have shared your experience here and it is great to hear that your husband's family is part of study.  I hope they gain some real insight with a whole family with MS.  I am so glad you found us.  Please feel free so post often and help out. 
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


rhondab
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   Posted 9/14/2008 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shannon

Welcome to the board. I'm so glad u'r here. U seem to be a wealth of information with all those family members having ms. My first thought tho, was could there REALY be that many with ms in one family?? Could it be lyme?? But of course u'd know. There are many here with ms and some may be of help to u and u'r family as well. Feel free to ask any questions u may have. I'm sure we all have so much to learn from each other no matter where we're coming from. Take care and again, welcome.
rhonda
Co-Moderator, MS Forum
 
*~*Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.*~*
 
Things that make u go hummmm......
*I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.*
*One day without sunshine is like...um..well...night?*

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