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kirstybirdy
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   Posted 2/1/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
i think i have ms i am waiting on my mri scan which is in 2 weeks can anyone tell me the classic ms symptoms and what everyone elses symptoms where before you got diagnosed thanks 

shellypoo
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   Posted 2/1/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome!  Probably the best thing for you to do is to go to the  national ms society website, there is a host of answers. Also, you can go to the top of this page and click on diseases and conditions and it will give you info on MS. 
 
There are some classic symptoms and some odd ones, everyone is different.  I had weak arms, dizziness, fatigue, heavy legs.  Over time I have developed nystagmus, weak bladder, slow gut, cognitive impairment and balance issues.
 
I hope you have a good ms specialist neuro.  Please let us know how you are doing!  Ask questions if you want.  Take care.
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uppitycats
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   Posted 2/1/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
kirstybirdy said...
i think i have ms i am waiting on my mri scan which is in 2 weeks can anyone tell me the classic ms symptoms and what everyone elses symptoms where before you got diagnosed thanks 
 
This is from the book, "Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions, The Answers", edited by Rosalind C. Kalb, Ph.D.:
 
"The diagnosis (of MS) is a clinical one, made on the basis of a person's medical history, an assessment of the symptoms experienced and reported by the person, and the existence of signs detected by the physician (but not necessarily noticed by the person) during the neurological examination.  Both symptoms and signs are necessary because symptoms are subjective complaints that can vary tremendously from one individual to another, while signs are more measurable, objective observations. Examples of symptoms that are commonly reported by people with MS include problems with vision, walking, bladder control, fatiuge, and uncomfortable sensations such as numbness or "pins and needles"  Common signs that can be detected by the doctor during a physical examination, even if the person has never noticed or been troubled by these changes, include altered eye movements and abnormal responses of the pupils, subtle changes in speech patterns, altered reflex responses, impaired coordination, sensory disturbances, and evidence of spasticity and/or weakness in the limbs.
 
In order to make a definite diagnosis of MS, the physican must find the following:
 
*plaques or lesions in at least two distinct ares of the CNS white matter;
*evidence that the plaques have occurred at different points in time; and, perhaps most importantly,
*that these plaques in the white matter have no other reasonable explanation.
 
In other words, MS is a diagnosis that can be made only after every other possible explanation of the signs and symptoms has been ruled out."
 
I was diagnosed long before MRI's existed, based on clinical signs -- problems with walking, bladder control, abnormal reflexes, impaired coordination, among other things. And the diagnosis was confirmed by a spinal tap -- which isn't always done these days, if there are clear signs on an MRI.
 
I hope this is helpful.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Denda
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   Posted 2/1/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Uppity, you are the EF Hutton of this MS forum! :o)
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rhondab
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   Posted 2/1/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey!

Welcome to the board. I see everyone has done a great job of getting u the information u'r looking for. The National MS Society's site is truely a great resource as well as the resources listed at the top of this forum. Two weeks prob seems like an eternity for u now, but hold on and before u know it the time will be here. What symptoms have u had that are leading u and u'r doc to believe it may be ms? Symptoms of ms are so varied, as Shellypoo said, and so hard to pin down to just one cause until every other possible cause has been eliminated. In short...an ms diagnoses is a process of elimination for the most part unless u have very clear and undeniably ms findings and those findings are outlined in Uppitycat's post. I'm undiagnosed. My first symptoms were fatigue, dizziness, drunken walk, jello or very weak legs, memory probs, numbness in patches over my body and feeings of something crawling on me that eventually turned to feeling as if i was being stung or bitten. Most of that is gone now and only occasionally rears it's head, but a few things have stayed. I think that seems the norm here with most folks...residual symptoms.

I do hope u'r mri's are clear and whatever is happening isn't ms, but some thing that can be quickly treated and cured/cleared up. Please do let us know how the mri's are and be sure to get copies of the mri films. U never know when u may need them later on. Take care and ask as many questions as u'd like. One other note...we have live chat on Monday's at 6:00pm (cst). I hope u'll be able to join us. Again, welcome to the board!
rhonda
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kirstybirdy
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   Posted 2/1/2007 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hi my symptoms are fatigue left weak arm and left weak leg i dont know what else it could be apart from ms i have had numerous blood tests and they have all come back fine  can this be ms or can it be something else i am going on holiday at the beginning of may and dont want to be feeling like this i also have 2 kids , do my symptoms sound like ms or something else.

shellypoo
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   Posted 2/1/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Kirsty,Those can be symptoms of ms. Most people have one side that effects them more than the other. (Not always, though). For me both my arms are very weak especially when having to do anything like stirring bowls etc.., holding my arms out to do anything. My right leg is also my weaker leg.

I hope your mri gives you answers! Take care!
Michelle ><>
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rhondab
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   Posted 2/1/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Again
 
I"m sorry, I know u worried and need answers. Fatigue and weakness in limbs are symptoms of ms, but they may also be symptoms of other things as well. A quick way to get a list of what other things it could be is to google 'ms mimics' or 'ms differential diagnosis'. U'll get lots of information that way. Have u seen a neurologist? Did u'r doc tell u why he ordered the mri...his feeling on what he may be looking for? I know u'r frustrated and making it more so is not getting clear answers anywhere u look, but in time u'll know more. I did a quick search on differential diagnosis and below are some links to what i found. Take a look and compare u'r symptoms to what are there for each other possible diagnosis. Are there any other symptoms to list and look for? A good idea for now would be to start keeping a journal of all u'r symptoms and include in it the duration of the particuliar symptom as well as it's severity. Be sure to get copies of the mri and any subsequent mri's done and all u'r test results to date and in the future. Hang in there and enjoy u'r holiday with u'r family. Try not to focus on this so much for now until u can get to the mri's and have a chance to get more answers. We're here to help and support u as much as we can.
 
 
 


rhonda
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Post Edited (rhondab) : 2/1/2007 12:22:37 PM (GMT-7)

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