Do you think this sounds like MS?

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   Posted 1/28/2009 2:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an appointment with an orthopidist tom. I am thinking I should have made it with a neuro. An old dr told me I had MS about 6 years ago (I didn't belive him), my symptoms are:
intolerance to heat, constipapted,  headaches, very bad vision changes in the past year ,dropping skillets of oil- glasses are broken, and one of the biggest is insomnia and then last but not least, pain on one side of my rib cage.  A burning pain 1/2 way around my rib cage. I've had all the GI work-ups and all are negative-ok. After doing some research on Thoracic disk-I learned,  they "mimic MS pain". I was shocked. Is this true? I do have an angioma in my brain. That is common, but with MS it means something (MRI showed that 6 years ago).  Also a lot of jerking when I pick up something or try to sleep (which is really hard). Do these sound like MS symptoms? Please answere- I am in so much pain- I can't stand it any more- PLEASE answere with an opinion, quickly... Lindy

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   Posted 1/28/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I am sorry you are in so much pain.  What made you ignore the diagnosis of MS 6 years ago?  I had an "angioma" on an MRI.  It was actually an MS lesion.  I think you are fine to check with an orthopedist if you have a disc problem.  I am not sure what you mean by a thoracic disk....we all have those....those are just disks in your back. 

You are diagnosed with MS so of course your symptoms sound like MS.  I would make an appointment with a neurologist after you see the orthopedist.  I would also share with the orthopedist the fact that you were diagnosed with MS but have not received treatment for MS.  Tell him that you questioned that diagnosis at the time but you are wondering about it now. 

I hope you can get something for the pain.  Also ask about your insomnia.....although a GP would be best for this or the neuro.  Lack of sleep can make you CRAZY......I hope you can get some relief there soon.  I cannot function without sleep. 

Good luck and keep us posted. 

Gretchen       co-moderator MS board       diagnosed with MS July 2006
I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.

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   Posted 1/28/2009 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Lindy, I just want to second Gretchen’s suggestion that you see a neurologist and get this checked out. Attack this thing from all angles…the disk issue, the insomnia, and the previous MS diagnosis. Also, if you can get some help for some of the pain, you will probably be able to sleep better. I have a lot of issues with sleep myself, and know what a horrible feeling chronic sleep deprivation can be. It really, really makes everything worse. Even though it might take you a bit to go through the diagnostic process again for MS, track down old medical records etc., your doctors should be able to help you with some symptom control meds even before then. Hang in there.

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