Hi, I'm new in this forum but have been in many of the other forums on HW.
I'm just at the end of my rope right now.
I've had Hashimoto's thyroiditis, psoriasis, and asthma for most of my life, but they're all under control....I can deal with them.
Then early in 2008 it became clear that I had other problems; I ended up in a wheelchair by late August because of severe pain while standing and walking. I feel like I've been almost buried alive under an avalanche of new diagnoses beginning in June 2008 and continuing until last week: autoimmune hepatitis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, and now SLE (lupus).
Clearly I have a talent for developing autoimmune diseases.
The problem is that in 2008 I had a period of several months of vertigo, severe muscle cramps, blurry vision, double vision, urinary incontinence, ataxia, "butter fingers" where I was dropping everything, hand tremors, migraine-like headaches, etc. When I say severe muscle cramps, for example I could watch my foot go into a cramp and pull my little toe almost straight sideways. I had to grab it to stop it because it felt like it was going to break my toe!
Then all of the neuro stuff sort of just stopped, right around the time I went gluten free. Also, I had a brain MRI and it was negative....no plaques. So of course I thought, Ah ha! Gluten ataxia!
Yes, celiac disease can attack the brain; there are plenty of medical articles out there on that topic. It can even cause white spots to show up on MRIs, but not in the same places as are typical for MS plaques.
BUT I'm having a lot of neuro symptoms right now
....same ones as in 2008 PLUS bowel incontinence (sorry about
TMI). The vertigo and the double vision (vertical double vision no less) are MUCH worse now than in 2008. I was in bed nearly all day today from the vertigo. The interesting thing is that I'm still gluten free, and in fact have recently gone completely grain free at the advice of friends who have improved by giving up all grains. So why would my celiac disease be acting up?
So I don't know if I can blame any of this neuro garbage on celiac, or lupus, or side effects of my medications, or undiagnosed MS, or combinations of any or all of them.
Does any of this sound like MS to anybody here?? Should I have another MRI? I don't think they imaged my spine, just my brain before. Is it possible to have MS without plaques showing up on the MRI?
Thanks in advance for your help,
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