Its been tossed around a few times but never by a doctor, well until 3 days ago. In Jan of this year I went numb on my left side. Started with a cramp and then it started going numb just under my rib cage. When it got to my knee an hour later I went to the doctor. The first doctor told me "this just happens sometimes you'll be fine". Well by 11pm that night I was numb to my foot. Couldn't feel a thing and walking like I was drunk! I was using anything I could just to stay upright when walking. Stairs were almost out of the question. I almost face planted by the time I went for the second step. Good thing the only 2 staircases I had to deal with were of mine and my bf's and they are only 3 high. And of course it was winter too so there is also that thought of slipping and/or falling......add a dead side to the mix and now its no longer a thought but a fear. Scared out of my mind I went back and the second doctor I had said "No this doesn't just happen." Went for x-rays, ct scans, mri's, ultrasounds, blood work.....nothing. Although they were checking me for a pinched nerve or kidney problems and anything else that might explain it.
Just recently I went to a 3rd doctor for another reason and had him read my last MRI results and he said that its not a pinched nerve or slipped disc. Nothing explains why I'm numb. (I should mention I'm not as numb. After about a week it started coming back up my leg. Now I'm numb in my abdomen, from the bottom of my rib cage to about my hip. I am starting to get some feeling back.) But he said because of those results he suggested MS. Well 2 days of worrying, stressing and crying I'm running out of options. I did some research and now I'm really starting to wonder.
Lots of the symptoms that people with MS have, I've been having. Now of course they could be totally unrelated as some symptoms are very common. Such a nausea, dry mouth, foggy head, tired all the time, legs feeling like I need to do something with them but nothing seems to help (I'm guessing this is what restless leg syndrome feels like), and stiff/sore muscles, achy all the time, etc, etc. But because I'm numb too, I'm starting to wonder. I don't want to get to worked up about this but I also don't know what to do. I'm scared to ask to see a neurologist because I'm scared he's going to say yes you do have MS. But at the same time sitting here wondering if it is or not is going to drive me bonkers.
I have to go back in 2 weeks to see my family doctor and I'm looking for some advice. What questions should I ask? How do I say "could it be MS?" and still keep my head and emotions together? I wish this possibility was tossed out months ago. Maybe then I'd know by now. So frustrating when you are in sitting in "limbo" so to speak not knowing what could be causing this.
Any advice, suggestions, anything is greatly appreciated.