Symptoms pointing to MS?

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Grace13
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/8/2008 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all! I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia almost 2 years ago. With the constant pain and fatigue, I don't really question the diagnosis, but I have had new symptoms in the past 6 months or so that lead me to believe there is something else wrong.

I don't have health insurance, or I probably would have asked my GP for a Neuro consult by now. If you had these symptoms, would you go ahead and see a Neurologist?

Electrical shocks in top of neck, sometimes running down left arm

Nausea (like motion sickness) when on computer, reading, or playing video games

Blurred vision

Eye twitching

Frequent headaches (Migraines), sometimes lasting 3 days

Tingling in left arm, sometimes painful

Strange walk

“Brain fog” – I have something to say, but can’t verbalize it

Sharp pains in my head – usually on right side above ear

Random loss of balance

Extreme sensitivity to light, touch, sound and smell


I don't take any daily meds that could cause any of the symptoms. From all the research I've done online, these symptoms seem more in line with MS than anything else. What do you think?

Thanks for any input y'all could provide!

~Grace

Post Edited (Grace13) : 10/8/2008 6:26:00 PM (GMT-6)


Sunnycitrus
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   Posted 10/8/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Grace, and welcome to the board. It sounds like you have a lot going on, and while many of the issues you describe can be present with MS, there are a lot of other diseases that mimic MS as well, including Fibro. Unfortunately we can’t tell you whether you have MS or not, and can only encourage you to pursue this further with your doctor, as you have a lot of new symptoms which seem to warrant checking in with your gp at a minimum. I’m so sorry the insurance issue is standing in your way, but is it possible to ask your gp if he/she now believes a referral is in order? Your doctor is in a better position to judge whether you should spend that money on a neuro. You’re welcome to stick around and ask any questions…this is a great place to come for advice and support.

Sunny


notinKansasanymore
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   Posted 10/8/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Grace,

I can really relate to your story. I was diagnosed last February with Fibro. I have found that the more restful night's sleep I get the less painful it is for me the next day.
I have not yet been to a neuro, although the rheumatologist I saw says she suspects MS. I am still wading through paying all the bills I had from my hysterectomy a year ago that I am putting off piling up any new medical bills.
I experience a lot of the same symptoms as you do. Migraines that last for days ( I thought they would go away once I had a reduction of hormones from the hysterectomy), balance problems, Brain Fog (not only do I lose train of thought and have a hard time verbalizing but I also transpose words or use the completely wrong word. This is sometimes extremely frustrating because I work with the public doing customer service at a bank for a living. Multi-tasking,at times, is impossible.) I have a lot of tingling which started in my back but has now started on my face, arms and legs. My vision gets blurry and I experience bouts of dizziness. The list goes on and on and on. It's hard for me to sort out what is caused by the fibro and what's not. I am just glad that my symptoms are still managable at this time and I can wait to see a neuro and have more testing done when my finances get back in order. When I think back I realize that I have had some of these symptoms since I was in high school and that was thirty years ago! Somehow, over the years, I have just come to except these things as "normal".
I don't post much here but it is great to read all the postings. It gives one a feeling of not being alone. It also makes you realize that it's not "all in your head" like some docs would have you believe. Everyone is really helpful and very supportive.
Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.

Grace13
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 10/8/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the welcome, Sunnycitrus!

notinKansasanymore,

I can totally relate! Especially when you said you had many symptoms as early as high school. Looking back, some of my symptoms were around 20 years ago (not as major as now) and were attributed by doctors to "growing pains." A cardiologist even discovered just this year that I have Scoliosis, too - which was never found when I was a teen.

Thanks for your response, and hang in there! I'm glad I've found this place. At least we're not alone!

God bless,
~ Grace
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace...will restore and strengthen you. 1 Peter 5:10

Fibromyalgia, TMJ, Panic Disorder

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