Perl, have they done a nerve test on you yet? It's a test a neruologist can do to make sure youre nerves and functioning properly. Whether or not they're misfiring is another matter, but at least it can narrow it down.
Also aside from MS, which you're right, has all sorts of other funky issues you're not experiencing, has your doctor consider fibro?
As a Mom myself, the best thing you can do is try to take deep breaths, do not let your panic get to you... I know it may seem like mission impossible at times, but try to focus instead on the little things; you newborn's smile for instance. Sometimes they little things help get past the big things, and make the day to day alot easier to deal with.
Like Laura, above, I too suffer from CRPS, so I can appreciate pain and pannic attacks brought on as a result. Today alone I was nearly in tears, but not because of my pain, but because of the side effect of all the narcotics I've taken; my mind is not as sharp as it used to be. I couldn't remember where I put my soft neoprene brace. I knew I'd worn it earlier in the week, but I couldn't find it and I quickly turned the house upside down for it; still, nothing. Eventually, after nearly bawling my eyes out and beating my head against my dresser I was able to force myself to think about that one memory I had of when I had it on ... seeing if my jacket would fit over it ... and I could pick out what day that was, which in turn triggered a whole flood of memories and I finally found it.
I've been on (as I called it) NerRotten as well as lyrica and cymbalta, but they didn't work for me for one reason or another. Everyone reacts differently to medications which is why they have those warning labels. While some may be sleepy, others are wired, and likewise if some end up having great success, others fail. The best thing you can do is keep a positive attitude. When they tell you mind over matter they're not joking. Believe the meds will make you better and see if that helps. I am not going to tell you it's all in your heard, heavens knows I heard that enough in my early stages of doctor hopping during my quest for an answer, and I know all to well how painful it is to have someone you love tell you it's all in your head... to not be believed, but there's also truth to that whole power of thought thing. The mind is a powerful thing, use it.
I believe your pain is real. Now you need to believe too. *hugs* Remember, you're not alone.
Originally injured 10/26/2007 - Initial diagnosis; Tendonitis
Spent next year seeing specialist after specialist; Bone, Muscle, Hand, Neurologist, Chriopractor, Physical Therapist...
Went through a battery of tests, multiple MRI's
11/16/09 I was finally diagnosed CRPS - Stage 2
Permanently disabled, on Percoset.
February 2011 successful SCSU trial
No surgeon willing to do my SCSU Implant