Vist to GP today

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TakinCharge
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   Posted 1/3/2011 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Good evening all!
 
I decided I was tired of hurting and wondering so I made an appt with my gp today.  She is a wonderful doc - always takes time with me and doesn't make me feel like I'm crazy.  I have been keeping a symptom log - noting symptoms and such from day to day as well as things I've experienced overall.  I typed this up and took to her.  She read it and said that it sounded like ms but that it could also just be my B12 levels.  She wants to "start small" and do some blood work tomorrow.
 
Does anyone know if this is usually something that will give results right away?
 
Lisa

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/3/2011 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa,
 
I suspect it is more than low B12 levels but its a good place to start.  I have heard (but don't know for sure) that B12 shots can really help and pretty fast if that is the problem. 

TakinCharge
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   Posted 1/4/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
How do you get through this?? It's all I think about...wondering, waiting, wondering what if..I don't know what else to do.
 
Had bloodwork done today - checking b12, thyroid, cbc...should have results before end of week.  Dr. said she thinks we will be doing an MRI.
 
I'm scared, but I don't want to be scared too early..I'm so darn emotional (today, anyway) I could hardly get through the day.  And since I've been home, I've been laying in bed - other than making a quick supper for myself and my daughter.  I hate being the person who sounds pitiful...this is just taking over and I don't even know what it is yet!

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/5/2011 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lisa,
 
Try not to get too anxious.  It could be a long time before you get any answers.  With MS, if the tests don't line up just right, then you are put into a "wait and watch" situation.  There is no one definitive test.  MS is a great mimic and everything has to be ruled out.  For me, there were these horrendous symptoms (I was actually in the hospital unable to walk), and then there were some "spots on my brain".  They had to do months of tests before MS was the conclusion.  Before that, I heard MS, lyme disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS, meningitis, brain cancer/tumor, ideopathic brain infection and others.   The MS meds are very expensive and they are all currently injections (except for a new pill)  you give yourself daily, several times a week or once a week.  Doctors are not quick to diagnose MS for those reasons. 
 
Meanwhile, get that marvelous GP to treat some of your symptoms so you can carry on!  Also, you may want to line up a neurologist for this.  I would recommend an MS specialist.  The local MS society can give you a list of MS specialists in your area.  Just google National MS society and their website will help you find a local chapter.  I went from a hospital assigned GP, to a hospital assigned neurologist to an MS specialist neurologist.  Also, get to work on changing any negative lifestyle habits.  Eat well!  Lose weight if you need to.  Stop smoking if you do.  And work on daily exercise.  These are the things that really made a difference for me. 
 
If you do get an MRI, be sure you get your own copy of the CD and the written report.  You will want this to get to your neurologist and hand carrying it may be the best way. 
 
Sheesh........sorry this is so long!  I hope you stayed awake through all of this!

TakinCharge
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   Posted 1/5/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Gretchen. Your post really makes me feel better...just having some direction helps so much.  I felt so lost yesterday!
 
I could stand to lose about 20 lbs and do need to eat better.  I've been thinking about getting back on track as I have always struggled with weight but have always exercised to keep it down some. 
 
I worked all day today (self-employed) and while I was "bone-tired" I felt better just staying busy.  I know that is the best thing but its so hard sometimes to do.
 
Other than lots of memory problems and being nauseous this morning, things are better today.  Thanks, again for being here for me!
 
Hope you are doing well yourself!
 
Lisa
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