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Did you have visual problems when you were first diagnosed with MS?
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 9/27/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having some strange symptoms over the past couple of weeks, and when I search them all together online, I always come up with MS.  However, I don't have all of the most frequent early signs.  Let me explain.
about 2 weeks ago, I suddenly felt tingling in the left side of my head, which then moved to my entire head and face.  Within a few minutes my whole head and face was tingling, and a few minutes later, my face was numb to the touch.  Later that day,  my scalp and face were itching like mad.  Also that day, I was clumsier than usual, dropping things and tripping over my own two feet.  The next few days, the clumsiness continued, making it difficult to eat with a fork (was as hard as using chopsticks), hold onto a stack of papers, and walk without running into things.  I also seemed to have problems with depth perception and focusing my attention.  (I almost backed my car into a dumpster and I shut the hatch door on a dolly I had taken out of the car.  I ran into doorways and hit my head on stairs and cabinet doors above me.)  The symptoms mostly went away, with traces of odd feeling in my head and occasional weak grip.  Later, I noticed having difficulty choosing my words, and sometimes actually saying the wrong word.  (For example, when talking about American Idol, I referred to Simon as Sonic.)  I also noticed a little stuttering going on, or having a hard time getting a word out.  Yesterday, I felt numb and tingly on my left labia.  I have for several months gotten zaps or shocks throughout my body (sometimes before a tic- I have a tic disorder, but sometimes alone). 
Aside from possible depth perception issues, I have had no other visual disturbances.  Yesterday I also had swollen, non-itchy, non-painful eyelids, but that could have been an allergy...I don't know.
I also have not experienced any pain aside from more frequent, nagging headaches...maybe 2/10 on a pain scale.
I have noticed that almost all of my symptoms seem worse when I am sleep deprived.
I have seen a doctor in a walk-in clinic, and talked to friends in the healthcare field, but I have not been able to see a neurologist because I don't have any health insurance.  I am looking for a clinic with specialists, and applying for county assistance until my company insurance kicks in (I just graduated and am employed only part-time until probably January).
Any suggestions, or opinions are greatly appreciated.
Thanks!  (BTW, I am 30 yrs old and female, if that helps.)

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 9/28/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
It does sound like you need to be evaluated for your condition, but insurance is certainly an issue.  If you can live with your symptoms for a few months until you get your insurance taken care of it will make things much easier financially.  You just have to be careful not to put yourself at risk for the sake of saving money.  If you feel that your health is severly compromised you may have to see a doctor regardless of insurance.  But if your symptoms are fairly mild you can probably hang on for a little while. 
Many illnesses are exacerbated by sleep deprivation so in the meantime you should try and slow down a little and get more sleep.

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).

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