Well i have been where u are. I was told at my first visit that it could be (insert laundry list) blah blah blah. Among those things were MS, Migraines and Stroke. My doc pretty immediately discounted stroke...in fact almost as soon as he got the word out as a possibility. He did, however, zero in on ms and migraines. I was finally told i had migraines with 'stroke like' affects. I had no idea that was a possibility! Seems u can have a migraine with no pain...but all those funky symptoms like u and i (and many others here) are experiencing. I guess i'm saying there are just a plethora of migraine types that u could be looking at. I eventually went on to be told i had two seperate types of migraines...basilar and occular...my pain was situated only in my right eye (all my symptoms, coincidentally, were right sided as well). I have/have had all of the symptoms u have listed and many more. Mine come and go, but are mostly gone. I am not dx'd with ms...i DON"T have ms...but still those symptoms are here. I guess whatever it is that's going on with me can leave residual symptoms as well...and maybe that's what's happened in u'r case.
I'm not sure of how used or overused migraines are as a dx, but i really hope they aren't *really* a catch all! Either way, it couldn't hurt to see what the doc may suggest for that and for the treatment of the symptoms, if anything, and see if it helps. It'd be way better to have a prob with migraines than to have ms. If it's not migraines then u've been down that road and proven it's not. As the others have said, u'd be more likely to have shown more progression of some sort over five years than u have, so take comfort in that. Maybe get the second opinion and see what u learn there...but find a way to take inventory and work within the place u are now. Take good care friend and try to relax a bit and just keep on living. Those symptoms may or may not go away...u may need to just live with them. But the up side of that is that this may be the worst it gets!
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