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marie89
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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 2/13/2007 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm kind of hoping someone can give me a little insight to what's going on with me. I didn't want to jump to conclusions thinking I might have MS, but anytime I type my symptoms in it leads me to an MS page. I have a constant freezing cold feeling in my feet and sometime in my hands (like they are in a bucket of ice water) even if i have on 3 pairs of socks I have this feeling, they get so cold that they go numb. I've also been getting a numb heavy feeling in my limbs (arms and legs) sometimes it lasts for a few minutes and sometime it lasts for hours. It's the kind of feeling when you sleep on your arm and you wake up and it tingles a sort of pins and needles sensation. Im also icredibly tired right now I sleep about 14 hours a day, I wake up and still need a nap a few hours later. I have constant headache's and pain in my shoulders neck and back. There are days when my symptoms are non-existant and days when they're horrible.
 
Like I said I don't want to jump to conclusions, which is why I'm trying to gather some facts before walking into a Dr.'s office and declaring that I have MS. So please let me know if you know of any conditions that are causing my symptoms! Thank you!

Denda
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marie -

Welcome to the forum. The best thing to do is go see your dr and don't proclaim that you have MS, but tell him/her what you are experiencing and see what he/she says. Write down all of your symptoms/sensory issues, concerns on a piece of paper and make sure to hit each one with your physician. Your physician will more than likely start a whirlwind of tests, be prepared for a time of uncertainty and waiting for results. There is a post from a couple days ago that uppity gave a site of conditions that mimic MS, you could check that out also, but sometimes all this research on your own can add to your confusion and apprehension of going to the dr. Please go see your Dr and let us know how things come out. If indeed it is MS, early detection is the best medicine.
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uppitycats
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   Posted 2/13/2007 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
marie89 said...
I'm kind of hoping someone can give me a little insight to what's going on with me. I didn't want to jump to conclusions thinking I might have MS, but anytime I type my symptoms in it leads me to an MS page. I have a constant freezing cold feeling in my feet and sometime in my hands (like they are in a bucket of ice water) even if i have on 3 pairs of socks I have this feeling, they get so cold that they go numb. I've also been getting a numb heavy feeling in my limbs (arms and legs) sometimes it lasts for a few minutes and sometime it lasts for hours. It's the kind of feeling when you sleep on your arm and you wake up and it tingles a sort of pins and needles sensation. Im also icredibly tired right now I sleep about 14 hours a day, I wake up and still need a nap a few hours later. I have constant headache's and pain in my shoulders neck and back. There are days when my symptoms are non-existant and days when they're horrible.
 
Like I said I don't want to jump to conclusions, which is why I'm trying to gather some facts before walking into a Dr.'s office and declaring that I have MS. So please let me know if you know of any conditions that are causing my symptoms! Thank you!
It's always a bad idea to walk into a doctor's office and declare that you have MS...or any other potential illness, unless you are certain that's what you've got -- it's visible, obvious, easily testable. 
 
What you should do is go to a doctor -- and you can start with your family physician -- and tell him or her exactly what you've told us here: "I have these symptoms.....can you figure out what's going on?"  And let him/her do his job.  Try to carefully document when these symptoms appear, to see if there is any sort of pattern, like "when I'm overtired", or "when I'm overheated or cold", or "when I over exercise", or whatever.
 
There are a ton of disorders and diseases that mimic each other -- that look alike, that have similar symptoms, to MS.  You'll be subjected to all sorts of testing, some invasive (like taking blood), some observational (the doctor will ask you to walk, test your balance, test strength in your limbs, and other), some that are sort of "high tech" -- MRI's, evoked potential tests, and others.
 
You're a long way from a diagnosis, and "diagnosis by internet" is often wrong.  Go to a doctor with an open mind and open questions: "here are my symptoms, what's wrong with me?" and see where it goes.
 
Good luck, and come back and tell us what your doctor suggests.
 
 
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 2/13/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Marie

Welcome to the board! Denda and Uppitycats have alread covered things with u very well. All i could add is that u get copies of all test results that are performed. IF u have ms or anything else, u could be at the beginning of a long journey to a diagnoses. That may mean multiple docs over time and possibly repeat tests. If u have had certain tests recent to the time u'r docs requests them, then u can report that to the doc and provide documentation of the results. It'll possibly save u a lot of money. Also, u may need them for comparison later on...so it's just good to get them if u can. Hang in there and keep posting and asking questions. This is a wonderful group of people and all are willing to help in anyway they can. Get u'r symptoms written down and try to continue to note all the symptoms and changes in those symptoms as time goes on. We try to tell each person to make a journal and keep it up as things happen. Just as with the test results, this will be so helpful for u in time. See u'r doc and let them get things underway for u and please come back and let us know how it all goes and how u'r doing.
rhonda
Co-Moderator, MS Forum
 
*~*Sometimes the Lord calms the storm. Sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child.*~*

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