Thinking I may have MS...various symptoms. Scared!

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   Posted 3/22/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I have been thinking for sometime that I might have MS. I don't want to over react, but the more I read about it and the more I talk to people about it the more I think I do have it. I went several years ago, more then 7, and had an MRI and it didn't show anything. I am now 39 and the symptoms get more frequent and varying. Here is a list of all the things I have experienced at different times over th last 5 years.
1. Dizziness (like drunk feeling)
2. Light headed
3. tingling in fingers and toes
4. heavy arms and legs like I have weights on them.
5. Extreme fatigue like I can't get enough sleep and never feel rested.
6. Eyes seem to have dirt on them when I blink
7. Almost blacking out after feeling dizzy,but never have. It's been like a slight loss of vision
8. Room spinning and I have to grab a wall to stablize myself.
9. heart palpatations, skip heartbeats
10. buzzing and ringing in my ears
11. feeling like i can't swallow
12. Not able to remember things like I used to and easily forget
14. Depression and more so anxiety
15. tremors of my hands and a feeling of shaking that is visible when I hold out my hand.
Ok I think that covers it. Sometimes I have more then one symtom at a time and sometimes it's just one. THey come and go and seem to increase with stress.  
Can anyone tell me what I need to do or should do? Of am I way off base here? confused
Thanks for your time.

Post Edited (Casper55x) : 3/22/2011 1:10:47 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/22/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Casper,
I just happened to log in today after a very long time. I have MS and I was just today reviewing some of my early/first sign symptoms. I can relate to 1-5 for sure. Those sound like what lead me to get doctors help (6 years ago)

I'm sorry you're going through this. Of course the most important thing is to seek out a Doctor and get officially tested (primary care & neurologist) Beyond that it's up to you. Just FYI I have gone all homeopathic in my treatment, been wheat and dairy-free, and aside from not having the energy to ride a bike, I have adjusted my life and do quite fine. I swim and do yoga, and I work as a massage therapist (and get lots of massage as well)

take care of yourself, and don't just self diagnose, get help.

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   Posted 3/22/2011 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks atwin. I appreciate the information. I will be contacting my doctor tomorrow. So being wheat and dairy free help?That's good to know.
Thanks again.

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   Posted 3/24/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Casper55x,
the wheat free dairy free diet helps my energy and digestion. I don't complain of intestinal pain after eating, and I don't get that draggy feeling from eating. Overall it lets me use my energy better, and maintain what energy I have on any given day longer.

I used to have that extreme fatique feeling even after resting like you discribed, and now I wouldn't describe it that way. I do have to pace myself, but even on active days (i.e. shopping, cleaning, working) I don't feel a wiped out. The feeling of fatigue is much much less extreme.

I did a lot of metal detoxing with my Naturaopath. and continue supplements, and deep level cleansing to help too.

good luck at doctors...pace yourself....take care

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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Casper55:
I agree that your primary care doctor is probably best to start with. As a referral to a MS Center in your area if that is the diagnosis. A lot of times they will do a spinal tap and MRI besides an exam. This help to hopefully confirm or deny diagnosis. Best wishes to you

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   Posted 3/26/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Beebe86 I have scheduled an appt for a few weeks from now when I'm on spring break (teacher). So hopefully that will begin the process of finding out what is wrong with me. I feel like a complete idiot for always having something wrong with me..but Iswear I'm not making it up. lol..

Thanks for the support.

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   Posted 3/30/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
There is no way to tell if you have MS by reading a list of the basic symptoms, you will need an MRI as only your first step in a very long process of extensive testing "if" lesions present. They don't even necessarily mean a person has MS, many lesions can be from chronic migraines but a MS neuro can determine MS lesions from other white matter. Once you go from that step is when you can deal with the rest but there are many many other extensive tests that they perform to ensure a person has one disease from another due to the potency of treatments. Also keep in mind the symptoms you have listed are very basic and mimic those of soo many various syndromes, conditions, diseases etc so dx'ing is basically a process of exclusion. They most likely won't only test you for MS so don't be worried about that either if they test you for Lupus, Lyme, RA etc it could end up being Fibromyalgia ALL of the symptoms you listed are related to Fibro except there is no diagnostic testing for it that is a dx's of exclusions based on tender points and criteria so if you come up clear of everything else it could be possible that's what you "may" be suffering from. In my experience with Fibro it's not what does Fibro have it's what doesn't it have! I am not a dr in anyway shape or form, I only am offering you advice strictly from personal experience living at drs offices, the hospital and tons of research from suffering myself with multiple medical conditions for several years. I am a 33 yr old girl in a 90 yr old body. ;) Stay Strong, Positive & Focused it will take you a long way!
I suffer from MS, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Migraines, Neuropathy, IBS, Narcolepsy, Arrythmia, Arthritis and too much more...I've been told I'm "intriguing" yeah I'll go with that one. ;)

I may have these illneses but they will never have me!!!

"Just because we have the right to disagree with a person, does NOT give us the right to disrespect that

Post Edited (MissStacey) : 3/30/2011 11:06:40 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/30/2011 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Well stated! You are knowledgeable and very well spoken. Thank you.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.
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