So here I sit, on Christmas Eve with my face tingling and numb and my left arm in pain.
I am waiting...waiting...waiting for the doctor to call me about
when my MRI is scheduled. I have not been diagnosed yet. But MS is the suspicion. Here's what's been going on:
7 years ago I complained to my former doctor about
memory issues. Simple things are just gone. It's more than the normal walking into a room and forgetting what you were looking for kind of memory issues. Whole parts of my memory bank are just blank.
4 years ago I started to experience tingling in my face and pain in my left arm along with dizziness/lightheadedness and fatigue. I told the doctor (different doctor) about
it but she blew it off as my being pregnant and have pre-eclampsia. I still suffer with those daily.
Most recently the following things have happened which most have rapidly been increasing in intensity:
I can't follow things. I have difficulty finding words. Sometimes I have the hardest time trying to remember the simplest of words, like "dog" and will search and search and search my memory bank for the right word and it eludes me. This is so frustrating for me. I feel stupid. I am an intelligent woman and it is so aggravating. I can't remember names or faces. Last night I saw someone that I see twice a week and didn't recognize them at all. So embarassing. I also have difficult following directions. My mind kind of wanders without really wandering (I'm sorry, I can't think of another way to describe it) kind of like 'checking out' for awhile. I also can't follow directions well because if you give me 3 steps to follow I forget step 2 & 3 before I've even started Step 1.
My left arm gets this sharp, shooting pain that runs from the shoulder down to the finger tips. Sometimes there is a constant ache but mostly it's a frequently but fleeting sharp, stabbing, shooting pain (I don't have a better way to describe it).
Now my left leg has started to experience the fleeting sharp, stabbing, shooting pain. and occasionally my right arm.
I seem to have confused bowels because I'm always either constipated or the opposite. I have frequent UTI's.
The left side of my face is frequently numb or is tingling or both.
The thing that brought me into the doctor was some visual issues. I've always had poor eyesight so I never thought anything about
it when my eyes kept getting worse and worse and even when I'm wearing my contacts it's difficult to see sometimes. The other day I was in the store and I experienced a disturbing visual issue where I saw a bright light in the focal point and then distorted vision on the left. I ate something & it went away but it really freaked me out. So, when I went into my doctor for a cold he suggested that it was an occular migraine without the headache (which he still thinks is what happened to me in the store) but then started asking questions about
tingling and such and it just so happens that at the time my face was tingling and my arm hurt. This is when the discussion got deeper and he brought up MS as a strong possibility. I had never considered MS before. I just thought I had a ton of things wrong with me and was afraid to mention them to the doctor because of being 'brushed aside' in the past by previous doctors.
So, here I wait. Anxious. It's Christmas Eve and I just want to know. Are the things I described what others have gone thru before diagnosis? I just wish I knew what was going on. I've known for years that 'something' was wrong but kept getting brushed aside by doctors and didn't want to come across as a hypochondriac so I just wouldn't mention a lot of these things.
Thank you. and Merry Christmas!!!
I added a title to your post this way maybe you will get more answers as well ..it makes it easier when we know what the question(s) is or thread is about.if this is not how YOU would want the thread titled then please by all means change it to your way ...Just a thought k
I hope you find out soon what is going on with you ..........Thoughts and Prayers are with you ......LYN
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