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ppr68
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm trying to figure out if I have MS.
It's defintely nerve related, I can only think of MS per my google symptoms search.
 
I'm a 40 year old male, I've never been sick in my life and in good shape, now i'm terrified and clueless. today is 2/14/09, on 12/21/08 i woke up from a nap around 6pm and the fingers on my right hand (pinky,ring, middle) were contracted inwards and wouldn't straighten out, my wrist also would'nt straighten it would just hang or droop down. i couldn't raise it upwards on my own power, the muscles would not support it, it looked as if the way a person with specials needs hands tend to draw into themselves. After determining i wasn't having a stroke, i went to the ER. They found i was hypokalemic and gave me an iv of potassium. i stayed overnight and they did an MRI but didn't mention anything of note to me, a dr. stopped by and suggested it could be a pinched nerve but to see my doctor. I made a dr appt, it's taking forever to get in so last week I just got a referral to a neurologist.
my "SYMPTOMS" have been ongoing ever since that first incident in Dec.
I experience "tingling", in my hands and fingers ,they feel not weak but really weird sometimes, i feel "dull aches, pain" in my forearm, and sharp pains kind of "electric charge" in nature there also and the "electic charge" pain is mobile, it shows up in my shoulders both forearms, my left thigh and calf. I also get a "deep dull" but painful sensation in my shoulders like i'm getting a flu shot deep into my shoulder. There's also a peridoic pain back of my arms above my elbows that strikes, it feels like it's some kind of nerve hurting and sometimes i get a slight but not all out  "funnybone" feeling running through both arms.             
Today, my left foot has been "pins and needles" "tingling" intermittenly since i've awoke, i've laid down today for relief and occasionally felt it in both feet when i laid down.But as i move around it's mainly residing in my left foot.      
my neuro appt is 3/16 and my dr appt is 2/25, today is Saturday 2/14, i hope it goes away by Monday before work, or i may just wait it out until my dr appt.  I doubt a hospital visit will do much good, "go see your primary." 

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/14/2009 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the board.  I am sorry to hear of your symptoms.  I am sure you are very concerned.  Certainly your symptoms could be MS, but they could be many, many other things as well.  There are many MS mimics.  Did you get the MRI report?  If you don't have that report, you need to ask for a copy.  I am assuming the MRI was of your brain. 
 
MS can have tingling but it is rarely intermittent.  Also, I have not heard of MS having a mobile electric sensation.  Some of us have nerve pain that can feel electric but it is something that is either pretty steady or mostly in one place and it shows up when tired or ill or too hot etc. 
 
The link below should explain the diagnostic process for MS.  I hope you get some answers real soon.  Good luck and feel better!!
 
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/diagnosingms.html
Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
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ppr68
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, i appreciated your words of encouragemnet, Actually , I mispoke when i said intermittenly, it's been "pins and needles" feeling all day today. I've just been able to ignore it and take my mind off of the sensations by talking on the phone etc, but it's still there. it feels like my foot has gone asleep and no matter how I move my body for relief, it still remains.
Yes, they took an MRI off my head, and when i spoke to the neurology office they said they will send me a release to send to the hospital for the MRI so hopefully that will be of help, if not MS then what? It's just a needle in the haystack type of deal to me, and to make matters worse. The timing just sucks because i wanted to propose to a girlfriend this summer, I haven't fully disclosed the incident to her. i don't want her to feel obligated or sorry for me if it is something debilitating. I'm ignorant on the subject so please forgive me;  Does MS "always" result in people becoming confined to wheelchairs? i don't want her to feel like she'd end up having to take care of me. I can't think straight, i don't even have a diagnosis yet, i'm reading so much information online and some if it is conflicting so I can'tmake heads or tails of it. 
 
          

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/15/2009 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   

whoa whoa whoa!!!!  You are WAY jumping the gun here.  You are a long way away from a diagnosis.  By the way, getting an MS diagnosis can be very difficult.  It is a long process.  Many people have symptoms literally for years before finding out what is wrong.  The other thing is that this disease is totally unpredictable.  It is completely different for everyone. 

For the most part, it is a disease of thirds.  A about a third of those with MS will be very impaired (needing a wheelchair), about a third will be moderately impaired (walking aid such a cane or a walker), and about a third will be very mildly impaired with mostly sensory stuff (numbness but no real disability).  There are many more symptoms than just being wheelchair bound.  As many parts of the brain that can be damaged, that is how many different symptoms can be experienced.  Blindness, paralysis, bowel issues, bladder issues, cognitive problems (memory, concentration), numbness, spasticity, vertigo, balance problems, swallowing problems, speech disorders and I can't remember anymore (hehe memory problems).

You are off to a good start.  Just tell your doctor what you are experiencing.  Don't tell the doctor you think it is MS.  You will automatically get the "you are stressed or experiencing anxiety" diagnosis.  Do get that MRI.  If it does not show "lesions"  in your white matter than you are well on your way to ruling out MS.  Good luck.  Feel free to ask as many question as you would like.  Let us know how you are doing. 


Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
 
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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