My name is Renee and I posted on here recently when it was suspected that I might have MS. It is now more likely than ever that I do.
My mother has it. I was in a car accident this past April and had an MRI of my neck which revealed an inactive MS lesion in my cervical spine. I had two more MRIs which revealed one lesion in my thoracic spine and two in my brain, all inactive. Following this, I had blood testing (which the neurologist said looked more like Lupus...) and a Lumbar Puncture which according to the doctor was "positive." She said I should see an MS Specialist to discuss treatment and then follow up with her so that is what I'm doing. I also have the VEP test tomorrow, although I've always had great vision so I'm not sure what that would show.
I don't believe I am symptomatic, but its difficult to tell because so many things could be MS, or could be just normal...I had tingling in both of my feet about a year ago, when I first started running regularly, but that went away. I now get some tingling shooting down my legs after I run. I have pretty good balance but occasionally tip over to the side a bit, but who doesn't lose their balance on occasion? Once in a while my one ear clogs up, but that could certainly be allergies. Many times I find it hard to concentrate or to articulate what I'm trying to say, but many people say that's normal too. And finally, I'm tired all the time no matter how much sleep I get but I am also a very active person...
I'm just so confused now. My mom has Relapsing Remitting MS and generally has gait issues. She is not confined to a wheelchair but does have a hard time walking. Much worse in the heat/humidity. I know I'm at the beginning stages assuming this diagnosis is accurate. I am just so lost now...could it develop into her form? (I know no one knows the answer to that.) Should I get treatment if I may not be symptomatic given the possible side effects? Does this mean I shouldn't have children? (I am 25 and know I want kids one day, I have always adored babies...) Me getting it after my mom makes it clear to me that genes are involved...I wouldn't want to pass it on, I don't want to be selfish but I also don't want to deny myself the experience of having children...=( Any advice from anyone would be appreciated.