have i got ms??

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   Posted 7/13/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
please can anyone 1 help ........

im a 33year old male

im from the uk and for the last 3 months i have been feeling under the weather. i have been to the doctors numerous times and basically been told its a viral infection that will hopefully pass. however after searching the net y'day i discovered my symptoms are very similar to ms. it started with dizzyness then quickly moved onto balance issues. my next symptoms were chest pain and erratic breathing (which were given the ok by the hospital) my next problem was a rash on my chest and back which cleared up in 5 days (doctor said this was a viral rash) then my face started getting hot, but no temperature, with this i had a dull ache at the top of my arm. now all the symptoms above and mostly gone, but the dizzyness has returned. it seems everything has done a full circle. i have had blood test for autoimmune and numerous other ones but all came back negative. obviously ms is diagnosed by an mri and lumbar puncture. i am seeing my doc tomorrow to ask to be referred to a neurologist.

obviously something is up but i just want to know what is wrong.

casinokid80
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   Posted 7/13/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
vertigo is fairly uncommon as intial symptoms of ms.  Rashes and chest pain and the breathing problems also really arent symptoms either.  I dont think its MS or even lyme disease, try a MRI first.  Lunbar Puncture was torture for me.  Save that if the they find anything with an mri.  Good luck! let us know whats going on.

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   Posted 7/13/2008 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Have i

I have to agree that u'r symptoms don't sound a lot like ms, but i do think there could be some sort of infection going on, maybe even lyme. Have u been to the lyme board?? The rash could be indicative of lyme. The referral to a neurologist is possibly a good idea...rule out anything neurological. Do u know if u've been tested for lyme?? What viral infection did u'r doc say he thought u had?? I'd persue this infection pathway and see where that takes u. It doesn't sound like u have ms, but let the neuro rule that out for u too. MS is not always dx'd in the same ways with everyone. An mri and lumbar puncture aren't the only ways or sure fire ways to dx ms. It's a process of elimination whereby all other possibilities are eliminated and THEN ms is dx'd. Take care and try to be patient. This may take some time to get an answer to, but if it's ms it will show up.
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   Posted 7/13/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Dear have i....

I am not overwhelmed with your symptoms.  I am certain you were quite sick but nothing screams out MS.  In fact, nothing screams neurological impairment.  All of your symptoms can be explained by an infection of the ears and chest.  A simple upper respiratory infection with some inner ear involvement could certainly cause the symptoms from which you have suffered.  Obviously you are not going to get a diagnosis here, just opinions. 

I wish you the very best of luck in your quest for answers.  I also hope you are feeling better very soon.
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   Posted 7/14/2008 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
hey guys thanks for your reply

i have just seen the doctor who has referred me to a neurologist. he also does not think it is ms but wants to rule out any neurological issues just in case. to answer some of the questions above, im not sure if i was tested for lymes, was just told autoimmune?!?! at 1 stage they did think it was a respiratory infection which i was given antibiotics for ..... but obviously didnt work!! im just finding it quite hard to handle this problem that wont just go away!!

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   Posted 7/14/2008 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
have just booked my appointment to see neurologist in london this wednesday - im scared to say the least! ever since i thought i may have ms i have been searching the net for signs and symptoms (the worse thing i can do, i know). since ms was brought to my attention only 3 days ago i have wanted to urinate on a much more regular basis, another symptom or caused through worry!?!??

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My guess is that you have caused this through worry.  It is a very easy thing to do.  You have been sick with some disturbing symptoms (vertigo is awful), you do some research and in the process you have increased your anxiety.  Please stop researching symptoms.  I am glad you are going to a neurologist.  Now here is the hard part: don't say "MS" when you get there.  Just tell the doctor what you have been experiencing as clearly as possible.  Give him the information he needs and asks for, but if you walk in self diagnosing, most doctors dismiss you as a hypochondriac or someone who is suffering from higher than average anxiety (both of which are real illnesses that cause real suffering by the way).  Good luck and let us know how you are doing and what the doctor says.  We have a lot of members that come here in "limbo" and you are always welcome to ask questions and vent.

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006


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   Posted 7/14/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks, and i will not mention ms - will update you after wednesday's appt.
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