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mesea
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I had something strang happen today.  After lunch my whole right side began to tingle.  From the top of my head to the tips of my toes.  Along with this was several sharp pains in my eye after which my vision got really blurry and I had to take my contacts out.  My vision is a little better now but my eye is still very painful.  I still have some tingling and the right side of my head feels numb.  I can't really tell if my arm and leg is numb because it is pretty numb from an old head injury.  I know this is just a new symptom of my ms but how long does the numbness usually last.  I'm still able to do everything as usual but it feels wierd--even my ear is numb.  Can ms effect your hearing?  Is this a relapse?  Thanks in advance for any suggestions of what I should do.  BYE!!!
 
Sheila

uppitycats
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   Posted 12/18/2006 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, MS can affect your hearing.  I have tinnitus...otherwise known as "ringing in the ears" which is continuous and varies in loudness from almost deafening to a dull roar.  The numbness can last for "awhile" to "forever". I've been numb from mid-torso to toes for 24 years, now. (I just "graduated" from 23 years with MS to 24, on December 15.  Lucky me.) 

It could be a relapse...or just a temporary intensity of symptoms.  I hope it passes soon.

 


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theLight
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   Posted 12/18/2006 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed Oct 2005 but it was estimated that I had MS probably two or three years prior to my diagnosis and never knew. The episode that sent me to the Dr. I have still not recovered from. My right arm was hit hard during the exacerbation that sent me to the Dr. and still "I feel the burn." Some days its not so intense but its always there reminding me; some days the burn is so irritating I want to tear my arm off. Its not really as painful as it is irritating. Even if I've had another exacerbation, which I'm not sure because I haven't had a follow up MRI yet, they haven't been nearly as intense. I guess, to an extent, the intensity of my arm was a blessing because there is no telling how long it may have taken before I was diagnosed otherwise.

rhondab
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   Posted 12/18/2006 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sheila

I'm sorry to hear this new change has happened with u. I imagine it was very frightening and i pray it'll pass soon. I'd call the doc as soon as possible to report it. They may not do anything, but at least it should be noted on u'r record. When my symptoms first began i had numbness in my face that eventually moved onto my scalp and the area around my ear. I don't remember if my actual ear was numb, but to have that much and a part of u'r HEAD be numb is certainly alarming. Hang in there and get a call to u'r doc as soon as u can.

rhonda

mesea
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   Posted 12/19/2006 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I got ahold of the dr and he told me to come in this morn.  I went. He said he wasn't to concerned about the numbness because with ms it usually just comes and goes.  He di tell me to call ANYTIME something new starts happening.  He said that since we're really just starting on my treatment for my ms that he needs to know when anything new happens so that we can monitor and know when I go into a new flare.  I just hate to call about every little thing because then I feel like I 'm bugging them.  He said don't worry about that.  So I guess I'll mind him and call if I have a problem.  He was kind of worried about the eye pain he said that it was inflamation around the optic nerve.  He gave me some pills for neuropathic pain called Lyrica.  I'll keep everyone posted about how good it works.
 
Sheila

uppitycats
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   Posted 12/19/2006 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you got in touch with your doctor. He's right -- particularly when you're newly diagnosed, you should call whenever you have a new symptoms, or an "old" one that increases in intensity or severity. He may not have yo ucome in all the time, but it does need to be recorded in your file. Over time this won't be as necessary, but it's a really good practice when you're newly diagnosed. Sounds like your doctor is receptive to that, too.
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Kimber
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   Posted 12/19/2006 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sheila,
 
   So glad you got ahold of the doctor and seems he put your mind at ease about calling him with new stuff. :-) I understand it sounds tedious but it is an important thing to do to help your doctor help you! I hope the Lyrica helps with your eye pain.  From my understanding its similiar to neurontin but with less side effects.  Let us know, hope you feel better.
 
Kimber
 
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mesea
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   Posted 12/20/2006 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
So far, so good. I've only taken 1 so far but it seems to have helped some. Also, my shoulder is a little better. My gp had said it was arthritis and I do have some arthtitis in it. It was hurting in places though where it prob would not have been arthritis. I asked him about that too. He said that if any of it was neorupathic pain the Lyrica would help. Thanks for urging me to call my dr . I prob wouldn't have if ya'll hadn't. Gotta go. BYE

Sheila

Post Edited (mesea) : 12/20/2006 7:43:27 AM (GMT-7)


Kimber
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   Posted 12/20/2006 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Great! Good to hear it's helping, keep us informed :-)
 
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mesea
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   Posted 12/21/2006 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, it helped enough I was able to put my contacts in this morning. I may have to take them out when I get in that florecent light at work. Sunlight and florescetn light seems to make the pain more intense. It hurts pretty much all the time but gets really bad then. I had a pretty rough day yesterday. my eye was giving me fits and the right side of my right foot is almost completely numb now. I have to be very careful that it is on the floor straight. My sister told me that I seem to be dragging it a little and the right side of my mouth is drooping a little more than before. Which I would expect because my face is number. MS is such fun. (I hope u can read the sarcasm there).

gotta get ready for work. ( last day before Christmas!! Yeaaaaaa!)

Sheila

frannie55
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   Posted 12/21/2006 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

for myself the numbness/tingling lasts constantly over a week at worst.  sorry.

frannie :-)


frannie55
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   Posted 12/21/2006 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
p.s. it's
not a relapse, it's an excabercation.  aka known as flare up or episode.  that's doctot talk as far as i know! cool
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