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BadDay
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   Posted 4/22/2011 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi i don't want to sound like i am Overreacting but, i had been treated with a TNF Blocker for RA and one side effect can be MS (yes really ) i had to stop taking it due to Blood abnormalities also feeling crud, but since being on it i have noticed increasing dizziness,short term memory loss,pins & needles in feet also loss of gait i Wobble and have had numerous Near falls, could these be early MS signs? it is worrying me but i don't want to run to Doc saying what if ? shocked


Rhumatoid Arthritis 20Yrs.(that is Diagnosed-but had symptoms since teenage) Asthma,Osteoperosis,Cervical Spondalosos,Degenerative Disc Disese,Diabetes,Heart svt Diabetes
Cimzia, Metheltrexate,Tramal 200mg(twice Day),Prednisone,Diabex.
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Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/22/2011 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
TNF has indeed been known to cause MS in some patients. I would not blow this off. Please let your doctor know right away. An MRI needs to be ordered so MS can be ruled out. You need to be referred to a neurologist and preferrably one that is an MS specialist.

Best of luck to you. If you have any questions about MS or the diagnostic process, please ask.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

BadDay
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   Posted 4/23/2011 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you
i have looked on MS sites and that made me more concerned as it is So much like what i have been experiencing, i would wonder if anyone knows how long it would take to "get it" as i took the Humira for aprox 3 months and the dizzyness started within weeks of it then slowly the other things have grown worse it has been about 4 months now since i stopped using it but if anything its gotton worse,(so 7 months total) the physio did some tests because i have been falling over and he dosn't think its usual of RA as i sort of wobble and try to regain balance if there is a chair or wall nearby i catch that. its hard because i have the back problems so it is a case of well maby it is from your back etc, but the memory wouldn't be neither would the mood swings - yes they can be from RA or simply long term illness "had enough" get moody but when i put all these things together well MS keeps jumping out. i know an MRI is used to diagnose  overhere you really have to be on deaths door before they will do MRI due to cost, are there other diagnostic tests that may indicate it that a GP can order without going thru specilist then if that was positive then go on to a Nurologist? its just where i live in Country we are very limited in Specilists. Thanks
Rhumatoid Arthritis 20Yrs.(that is Diagnosed-but had symptoms since teenage) Asthma,Osteoperosis,Cervical Spondalosos,Degenerative Disc Disese,Diabetes,Heart svt Diabetes
Cimzia, Metheltrexate,Tramal 200mg(twice Day),Prednisone,Diabex.
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* We are Born Crying We Die Crying Try to Laugh inbetween, None of us are Getting out of here Alive *

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/23/2011 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, an MRI is the usual place to begin. A neurologist is the doctor who will diagnose you. Most GPs won't do that.

I was diagnosed by a non-specialist neurologist. I received a second opinion by an MS specialist neurologist.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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