I am feeling a little frustrated. Last February I was dx'd with fibro. The rheumatologist ruled out lupus. She also said that based on my symptoms that she was recommending that my PCP refer me to a neuro for possible MS dx. So I freaked out a bit, blamed my symptoms on the fibro and dealt with it. Wasn't ready to see a neuro, a little freaked out by the thought.
I began feeling better. And at least I knew what was causing the aches and PAIN.
Then a week ago Monday I woke up and had complete numbness in both my legs from the knee down. No other symptoms but it sure made it hard to walk. I called my PCP and made an appointment. He said he got the recommendation from the rheumatologist but all he did was more blood tests and set me up for a nerve conduction test ( December 9th!).
After the blood tests came back negative for whatever it was he was looking for (they always do) he was at a loss. On the third day he suggested I go to the ER.
The ER doctor said he could do nothing for me except take x-rays of my back. I was NOT experiencing any back pain at all! I was frustrated! He did say that there is some deterioration of the discs even tho I had no pain. He prescribed steroids and the numbness went away but now I have constant tingling and electrical sensations in my legs. (Still no back pain) This is in addition to all the symptoms I still have from back in February that pointed to possible MS.
Now with the questions...
Are all PCPs reluctant to explore an MS dx? Is the nerve conduction test something done to help the dx process? I can't believe that the disc problem would cause the tingling in my face or my dizziness or my visual and memory problems.
Sorry I am so long winded...just the frustration coming thru...
Thanks to you all. I am amazed by all the info and support on this site. It's a God send.