Scared I could have MS

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bizzylizzy
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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
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I am 30 yrs old. For about the past couple of weeks I have been experiencing symptoms that are very unusual for me. It started off with dizziness/lightheadedness. Then I started to get pins/needle type sensations in my left hand that extended to my upper left arm. I feel like I am in a fog/haze. My vision changes every once in a while with double vision or just obscured vision. The vision changes last temporarily. I started getting muscle twitches/spasms all over my legs, thighs, arms, hands, etc.... It felt like I had popcorn under my skin. I have had numbness and tingling in my upper and lower extremities. I even felt so weak a few nights ago that I fell down a few stairs. My knees have been hurting with noticable weakness in both. I feel like I have heavy extremities sometimes with marked bands of heat wrapping around my upper arm sometime. I can actually draw a distinct band around my extremity where I feel this almost sunburn type burn. Now I have this funny feeling in my left foot that kind of hurts. It almost feels like a blister but there is nothing there. It felt like this when I woke up. I have been tested for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis-negative. I am waiting on my insurance company to approve an MRI to see if I have lesions b/c the doc says that it sounds like MS. What do you think? Does it sound like MS or could it be something else?
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/19/2009 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you are not feeling well.  I can tell you that we can't diagnose you; I am sure you know that.  We can stand by and support you while you look for answers.  Good luck with your MRI.  I hope you find that what you have is treatable and that you get to be feeling better real soon.  Below is a link that discusses the diagnostic process of MS.  It is very helpful. 
 
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/diagnosingms.html
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.


bizzylizzy
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   Posted 4/19/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Gretchen for the support. I was just curious if any others had experienced any similar symptoms. It's just soooo nerve racking not knowing if I am even barking up the right tree. Can people repsond and tell me if they have had similar symptoms with a positive dx for MS?
Thanks

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/19/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it better to just tell you what I have experienced and not whether or not I think you have MS.  My presenting symptom was vertigo which over a period of about three weeks became debilitating.  I ended up in the hospital since I could not longer balance well enough to walk.  I have near total numbness from the middle of my shins down.  I have visual problems; I have trouble tracking with my eyes.  I can cause difficulty reading small print.  I have spasticity in my left leg.  I have nerve dysfunction in my left leg.  I have bladder and bowel difficulties.  I have concentration and mental alertness problems.  And I still have the vertigo and balance issues. 
 
My symptoms do not come and go.  They are with me all of the time.  I know that some here have symptoms that come and go but most don't.  Once the brain or spinal cord is damaged those are the things you deal with. 
 
Try not to worry although I know it is hard not to.  If it does turn out to be MS, it is a disease you can learn to live with.  It can be difficult, but I find it reassuring to know it is not fatal. 
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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