Is it MS or just a nerve problem

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Maryage
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   Posted 7/7/2007 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I reached into the fridge to get a drink, my right side back by my waist suddenly seized up and intense pain resulted.  It kept spasming for the next few days.  Then the right shoulder and neck seized up as if in response to the back spasms.  They would happen at the same time. This was a month ago.  Since then I now have numbness that is all over my body. It seems to get numb where it wants to and I've lost control of my muscles in the numb areas. Driving is completely out of the question because I can't feel my hands sometimes. It won't stop. Now my head and face and eyes are numb. Tomorrow who knows. It jumps around and no matter how hard I try, I cannot relax the tightened muscles, so no relief.  I'm waiting for results for an MRI and blood workup. My doctor never mentioned MS, but the numbness wasnt such an issue at first. When I look up my symptoms I keep getting the MS sites in response.  Is this how MS starts? I'm clueless. Just want to exercise like hell to get rid of the uncomfortable numbing.  Oh yeah and I'm numb between my legs. I cannot feel my bowel movements. I feel like I had an epidural for childbirth. Is this MS????

uppitycats
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   Posted 7/7/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Maryage said...
I reached into the fridge to get a drink, my right side back by my waist suddenly seized up and intense pain resulted.  It kept spasming for the next few days.  Then the right shoulder and neck seized up as if in response to the back spasms.  They would happen at the same time. This was a month ago.  Since then I now have numbness that is all over my body. It seems to get numb where it wants to and I've lost control of my muscles in the numb areas. Driving is completely out of the question because I can't feel my hands sometimes. It won't stop. Now my head and face and eyes are numb. Tomorrow who knows. It jumps around and no matter how hard I try, I cannot relax the tightened muscles, so no relief.  I'm waiting for results for an MRI and blood workup. My doctor never mentioned MS, but the numbness wasnt such an issue at first. When I look up my symptoms I keep getting the MS sites in response.  Is this how MS starts? I'm clueless. Just want to exercise like hell to get rid of the uncomfortable numbing.  Oh yeah and I'm numb between my legs. I cannot feel my bowel movements. I feel like I had an epidural for childbirth. Is this MS????
Maybe. Or it could be a pinched nerve in your back, and that can worsen and lead to other pinched nerves as you try to not move that muscle and other muscles (and nerves) take over.  Did you have an MRI of your back? That should show whether there is some nerve impingement somewhere.  MS can "start" in a variety of ways, but what you describe seems pretty dramatic. More often MS is a slow insidious start of numbness and tingling, usually in a leg, but sometimes in an arm or hand.
 
I'm not a medical professional, but I'd be more inclined to think "nerve problem" than MS at this point.  All you can do is wait to see what the doctor finds in your MRI. 
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Maryage
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   Posted 7/7/2007 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your response. No mri on back. Just brain. We were ruling out a stroke.

uppitycats
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   Posted 7/7/2007 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Stroke would be a possibility, too. Depending on what those results are, I'd probably ask for some consultation from an orthopedist (not orthopedic surgeon, necessarily!) to see if there is some nerve involvement in the back.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


Maryage
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   Posted 7/8/2007 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again. I was told if no stroke then off to the neurologist I go. I know him and am satisfied with being sent to see him next.

KAS1
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   Posted 7/9/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your appointments, I hope you find some answers soon!
Not diagnosed
 
Neuro says he'd "bet on me having MS"
 
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