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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 2/1/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Posted about a month or two ago.  My Nerologist said my MRI showed lesions but he wasn't sure if they were just signs of aging or if they are related to everything I've been going through over the last few years.  The seizures, the bells palsy I have a couple times, the spasms/twitching I feel everywhere.  He is suspecting MS.
I am supposed to go for a new MRI in May to see if there is any changes and a MRI of my spine.  But new symptoms have begun.  I've been to my family doc.  I've told him about the numbness and pins and needles in my hand and legs.  My family doc is sending me to see about carpal tunnel in my hand.  He wonder if my legs are from something I've done to myself from my last seizure.  I'm not to sure if it's alll related.  I'm going to tell my Neurologist in May.  But my famiy doc is also sending me for blood work and an ECG to rule out anything heart related because heart disease runs in my family.
Forgive my naievity, but does MS affect one limb at a time.  Is it possible to affect only one hand and then both legs at the very same time?
Also I've been having word finding problems.  I will be having a conversation and right in the middle of a sentence I will use a word that completely and utterly does not fit.  Then when I try to think of what I was trying to say I CAN NOT remember the correct word.  SO strange.  But then I again, I don't know if its' from the TIA I had last October.  If it were a TIA at all.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 2/2/2010 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
It is possible that you have MS, but you will probably not receive an MS diagnosis until your doctor has checked every other possible explanation.  MS is diagnosed partially based on lesions, symptoms, etc, and partly based on the ruling out of all other possibilities.  It is also possible that your TIA was related to MS.  I was incorrectly diagnosed as TIA before I knew I had MS, and I know someone with MS who actually has had a stroke. 
MS affects everyone differently, and because of its nature, it can be responsible for countless numbers of symptoms.  The diagnosis process can be a long one, so you may have to hang in there a while yet.  My biggest advice for you is to be your own advocate.  It has been my experience that doctors do not share every detail of a patients test results with them, and some things that seem minor when taken by themselves are often dismissed.  I suggest that you get copies of test results and doctor is up to you to keep track of the whole picture.  If you have questions, ask someone who can help you.  And try not to get discouraged.  Hopefully you will find that you do not have MS, but either way, you are not alone.  There are many people here who can relate to everything you are going through.

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

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