Can I safely rule out MS?

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   Posted 9/25/2011 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, I usually post in the fibro forum but have a question for those who are more knowledgeable about MS.

I have some symptoms characteristic of MS such as the hug (tight aching around my chest), burning, shooting pains down spine, numbness and tingling, crawling sensations, pinprick sensations, shooting pain, stabbing pain, weakness, very frequent urination, eye pain and difficulty walking because my legs feel so heavy (I feel so clumsy!).

I saw a neurologist a few days ago who checked my reflexes and said everything looked fine. He assured me that no further testing needed to be done and that all of these pains are attributed to depression (which I don't have).

I'm at a place where I am coming to terms with the fibro diagnosis, but because my mother has MS I am still worried that I could be experiencing early symptoms.

So my question is, was the neurologist right in ruling out MS (because my reflexes where normal?) Can I put my fear to rest, or seek a second opinion?

Thanks for reading!

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   Posted 9/26/2011 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
If you feel your health issues weren't addressed then by all means get a second opinion. If you do choose to get one, see an MS specialist.

I don't know what's typical; I can only speak for myself. I had abnormal reflexes from the first neuro exam. Most need an abnormal exam, an MRI that shows lesions on the brain and or the spine, abnormal evoked potentials, a lumbar puncture that exhibits oligoclonal bands, blood work that shows no other reason for symptoms and a medical history of exacerbations seperated by both time and space in order to receive an MS diagnosis.

Before you pursue, be sure your financial and insurance situation is in order. MS is an extremely expensive disease. Treatment runs $3,000-10,000 a month.

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   Posted 9/27/2011 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response.

I guess then the fact that my reflexes where fine was a really good sign. I feel much better, thank you!
*Fibromayalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, restless leg syndrome, vitamin D deficiency
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