I am new here and I have a few questions. I lost two weeks of work last February with extreme muscle pain and weakness. My doctor set up an appointment with a rheumatologist to rule out lupus. After a thorough exam she ruled out lupus, diagnosed fibromyalgia and gave me a letter to give to my dr. suggesting a follow-up with a neuro for possible MS.
I have not yet been able to schedule a neuro appt, (too much time off already in Feb.) but I am wondering a few things over the past few months. I can think back to my jr. high years when I started experiencing extreme fatigue, IB, headaches. More recently (within the last 10-12 years) I can recall periods of dizziness, pins and needles sensations from my head to my toes,numbness in arms and face, creepy-crawlie feelings, memory loss, loss of cognative thinking(ie staring at my PC at work wiithout a clue), not completeing sentences because I have "lost" the words...the list goes on and on. Most of these symptoms come and go except for a saucer sized spot on my back that always has pins and needles feeling, and muscle stiffness. I have also developed some muscle cramping in my lower legs and especially my toes. I know that everyone's symptoms are different and that MS is hard to diagnosis but how many of you thought that these things just "happened to everybody", MS or not?
I know that I have been putting off trying to get a neuro appt. I keep telling myself that my symptoms aren't that bad(except Feb. was the month from He!!) and that I just can't take any more time off from work.(Used all of my sick days and almost all of my vacation. ) Little bit of denial creeps in there too.
Anyway, thanks for listening (reading ) I have been reading a great many of these posts and you are all so helpful and supportive.