Multiple Sclerosis

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   Posted 12/19/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Over the last 5 years I have had 3 tests that shows I have MS.. But each doctor will tell me the tests shows you have MS but then in the same breath tell me I didn't have it, without doing any other tests. The last MRI I did came back with 7 brain lesions, the doctor said it shows you have MS, but you don't I believe it's old age.. I am (50) This doctor refuses to do other tests also.

For years I will have attacks of hearing loss, memory loss, bad muscle pains and tingling in my legs and arms, rush to urinate and bowel troubles, trouble walking. I was told I had Fibromyalgia causing all these problems. I am healthy other than this.

Can anyone help me and tell me if I have MS or Fibromyalgia?


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   Posted 12/29/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am certainly no expert, but I can tell you from my personal experience that I have been going through the tests for MS for the last 4 months and was told that it seemed to be MS and not Fibromyalgia b/c they found lesions on my brain (4 or 5) and abnormal spinal fluid which Fibro. would not cause. I was sent to a Rheumatologist who diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and recommended that my Neurologist continue to look into MS as well b/c you can have both. My mother was also diagnosed with both Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia many years ago. Again, this is just my experience and I have no idea if that is something you and your doctor have talked about, but I was certainly surprised to hear that it is possible to have both.

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   Posted 12/30/2010 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
You are absolutely correct.  It is possible to have more than one disease/syndrome/disorder.  MS is (thought to be) autoimmune and for some reason, once you have one autoimmune disorder, you are actually at risk for more.  There seems to be some sort of predisposition to immune dysfuntion that can cause you to collect a host of problems. 
I know one that has MS and lupus and I know another that has MS and diabetes.  I guess I am lucky I just have MS. 

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   Posted 12/30/2010 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
It's quite possible to have more than one autoimmune illness.  People with MS and other autoimmune illnesses seem to predisposed to getting them. If you haven't already I'd suggest finding a neurologist that is an MS specialist. 
I'd also recommend you keep a log of your symptoms and any decrease/increase in symptoms.  It took three sets of MRI's and a lengthy "symptom diary" for a diagnosis. 
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