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Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/27/2006 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I have some question about MS i have read alot about it on web sites but i have some symtoms that lead me towards MS, shakey hands, sorry to be gross but mild loss of bowel function, some days severe back pain i don;t even want to get out of bed, moderate headaches etc, i take 10mg of baclofen twice daily not a whole lot of help but t3 for pain and oxycodone if really needed. Sometimes lately have noticed muscle twitches just alot of weird stuff. I want to talk to my doc about getting tests done. He seems to think that i simply strained some muscles and wants me to go to pysical theropy. If u have any input as to my post please respond thanks Twiggy2

rhondab
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   Posted 11/27/2006 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Twiggy2

Welcome to the board! I'm glad u found us and hope u'll ask any questions u may have and know we'll do all we can to answer them.

There are lots of strange symptoms with ms and shaky hands, bowel function probs, and pain can all be part of it. Those can all be part of other illnesses as well. It seems to me that the symptoms u'r describing may go further than a strained muscle. Has there been some accident that would lead u'r doc to feel that's the prob? Certainly bowel probs shouldn't be a result of a strained muscle as far as i'm aware. I would talk to my doc about having further tests run. There are a number of tests that are used to rule things out in order to determine if ms is the culprit or not. Unfortunately, there is no one test to dx ms, it's all a process of elimination and when all other possibilities are gone and all u'r left wit is ms...and u meet other certain criteria...u then may be dx'd with ms. Be prepared, it may be a long process and u may get very frustrated, but if it's more than a strained muscle the process is worth the time and trouble. If u'r sick u owe it to u'rself to know with what and to proceed with the proper treatment. The physical therapy may be a good idea for now. At least u'd know if it's gonna help. In the meantime u could also be persueing the other tests. Please let us know how u are and how u proceed. Best wishes to u and again, welcome to the board. Here's a link to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's site. Check it out. It's a great site with lots of helpful info. www.nmss.org

rhonda

 


Post Edited (rhondab) : 11/27/2006 3:06:03 PM (GMT-7)


uppitycats
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   Posted 11/27/2006 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy2 said...
I have some question about MS i have read alot about it on web sites but i have some symtoms that lead me towards MS, shakey hands, sorry to be gross but mild loss of bowel function, some days severe back pain i don;t even want to get out of bed, moderate headaches etc, i take 10mg of baclofen twice daily not a whole lot of help but t3 for pain and oxycodone if really needed. Sometimes lately have noticed muscle twitches just alot of weird stuff. I want to talk to my doc about getting tests done. He seems to think that i simply strained some muscles and wants me to go to pysical theropy. If u have any input as to my post please respond thanks Twiggy2
I think, given the symptoms you describe, it would be a huge leap to assume you have MS.  That's the problem with a lot of neurological and metabolic problems -- they may look alike from the outside, and from a layperson's or patient's point of view, but there could be lots  of causes of the symptoms you describe. And MS would be pretty far down my list, if I were a doctor, diagnosing you.
 
You'd probably best start out with the physical therapy your doctor recommends.  The pain, shaky hands and even the mild bowel problems could indeed be related to back problems, depending on how it is you might have hurt your back.  If the physical therapy really doesn't seem to be helping (I'd probably give it at least 3-4 sessions), then I'd be back to the doctor and ask for an MRI, or maybe a CT scan of your back, to see if there are more serious injuries there.  Only then, if that doesn't show anything, would I start to think that perhaps there is something more serious going on.
 
But even then...MS wouldn't be high on MY list.  Headaches, the severe pain you describe, aren't typical for MS, especially in the early stages.  Sounds like there might be something else going on there.
 
I hope you find some relief, though! Back pain is awful...seems like when your back hurts, everything hurts!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/28/2006 4:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your posts, i will keep in touch and let u know how things are going, id thought u heard that headaches were part of MS but maybe in later stages of the diesease sorry about that, i have had pain for quite some time and going though the frustration already off and on. Pain wise some days anyway i thank u again i will kepp in touch Twiggy2.

uppitycats
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   Posted 11/28/2006 6:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Twiggy2 said...
Thanks for your posts, i will keep in touch and let u know how things are going, id thought u heard that headaches were part of MS but maybe in later stages of the diesease sorry about that, i have had pain for quite some time and going though the frustration already off and on. Pain wise some days anyway i thank u again i will kepp in touch Twiggy2.
Folks with MS do get headaches, to be sure. I'm battling one this morning. Generally for me they are related to the interferon drug I inject every other day, to slow the course of the disease. But then, ordinary folks get headaches, as do folks with a host of other ailments.
 
But headaches are not a "presenting symptom" of MS. That is, if I went to the doctor with chronic headaches, he would not first think "maybe it's MS!".  However, if I went to the doctor with weak legs, or complaints of balance problems, he might indeed think "maybe it's MS!", as the weak legs or balance issues are "presenting symptoms".
 
 
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Twiggy2
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   Posted 11/29/2006 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Understand thanks. I am going to keep a list of things on a day to day basis so when i see him next i can bring it to his attention and this way i won;t forget anything cause my symtoms vary day to day and we can review it together and possibly come up with answers. talk to ya soon Twiggy2
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