Does this sound like MS?

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   Posted 8/9/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I am hoping for some help because I'm scared to death. In late April I noticed that my hands were tremoring all day long. I soon realized it was actually a total body tremor. It tends to stop at rest, but start whenever I am moving. At the same time I had a 3 day period of a weird tingling sensation just above my right ear. It went away, but I developed an eye twitch that lasted one day. It went away, but the tremoring remained.

about 2 weeks ago I noticed that the strange tingling sensation came back in the lower left side of my head, behind my ear. It started out only at night, when I was tired. For the past few days it's been there almost all day long. I have periods of time where it stops, and periods where it's near constant.

I also noticed within the last couple of weeks that my eyesight is bad... although it's been getting worse for quite some time, and I realized awhile back that I might need glasses. I'd say that it's a bit harder to focus and the vision issues are more pronounced.

I am still tremoring away through all of this... it's been 3 1/2 months of non stop tremor.

Does this sound like MS? I am scared to death it is. I have 2 young kids and am in grad school and think my world is coming to an end. I am scheduled to see a neurologist in late August, but plan to call my doc first thing tomorrow and cry and beg my way into an MRI and appointment tomorrow. Thanks.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Just about any kind of weirdo symptom could be MS, I think. But it could probably be a bunch of other stuff too. You'll have to actually go through the tests.

Good luck moving up the MRI. However, if it's MS, the short wait for the MRI won't hurt you.

Stess can make an MS situation worse though. So, personally, I would probably focus on that part while you jump through medical hoops to find out what's happening. Try to relax and to focus on being grateful for all the blessings in your life (beautiful kids, the opportunity to go to grad school, etc.). And, even though it's a little weird to my mind, there's evidence that spending some time thinking about a person who is much worse off than you (a political prisoner being tortured, a poverty-stricken mother watching her children starve) helps you to build compassion for others and to feel a lot better about your own lot in life. If you're having a hard time finding a happy place, you might give it a try.

Good luck.

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   Posted 8/10/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Mamacita gave you some good advice - stress can do a heap of damage & I would have thought 2 young kids and grad school would be stressful in itself.

I do npt think that it sounds like MS.

Good luck.
Have had relapsing/remitting MS since 10 yrs old. Secondary/progressive since 1995. Baclofen pump since 2008.

"The past is history, the future is a mystery, the present is a gift."

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   Posted 8/11/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Honestly this sounds more like Parkinsons.
Gretchen  ~  diagnosed with MS July 2006
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