Posted 6/18/2009 3:37 PM (GMT -7)
New here, 36 year old female (if that matters at all) just hoping to get some thoughts from those of you who have already been through this.
I have been dealing with my GP on many symptoms for the past 2 or 3 years. Horrible fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, numbness, pins & needles (large painful needles) especially in my feet, terrible cramps in my legs, feet, toes and hands, feeling hot or wet spots on my skin where there is no heat or moisture. Most recently I've also developed some very minor bladder problems (frequent urination and minor leaking), occasional blurred vision, and a recent electric shock pain emanating from my shoulder down my arm.
A couple of months ago I developed a large area of numbness on the front of my calf that lasted for a few weeks. At the same time, someone at work had asked me if I was okay because I was limping, and I said, "I'm not limping." Well, I guess without realizing it, I had been walking funny to try not to trip over my foot which wouldn't seem to cooperate.
Anyway, my GP has run the gamut of blood tests, testing me for lupus, RA, hormone imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid, etc. Everything is normal, except I am slightly anemic. After that, she just seemed to move on with her life, and I'm still left wondering.
I finally self referred to a neurologist. Over the past 2 months I have had a brain MRI and a cervical spine MRI w/o contrast to check for pinched nerves, etc. Last visit he told me I had an inadequate Achilles reflex in my right leg (the one I've been tripping over).
Yesterday, I had two tests (EMG & NVC) which he said were normal (as were my MRI's, but for a slight disk bulge). He asked me if it could be stress. It's not stress.
He said the next step would be a total spine MRI and a Lumbar Puncture to test for MS. This is the first time there's been any mention of MS, so I'm a little concerned. He recommended that we wait and see if it happens again, and then go from there. Here are my questions:
-Does this sound like MS?
-Could normal readings on my EMG & NVC tests rule out MS, or make it less likely of a diagnosis?
-Could there be MS without any signs of lesions on the Brain & C-Spine MRI's?
-Should I ask to have the lumbar puncture now to get a head start on treatment, or to rule out MS?
-Is the wait and see approach a normal way of dealing with these things?
Sorry for the long post, but frankly I'm a little worried, and I want to know what's wrong with me already. I just don't know if I should push for the lumbar puncture, or wait like he suggested. Any opinions would be appreciated.
Thanks for listening!