Posted 3/7/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -7)
I had my appt yesterday with my neuro to go over my LP results, which came back negative for MS.
The only reason I even started the process of finding out if it could be MS is because I went to my GP, then to an endocrinologist, to try and figure out why I have had bouts of overwhelming fatigue. The endo ordered the MRI to check for a thyroid tumor. Well, there was no thyroid tumor, but surprisingly they did find a lesion so I was then referred to a neuro.
For years I've had numbness/tingling in my hands often - daily - and twitches and involuntary movements in my legs & arms. Then, of course, there have been bouts of the fatigue, one lasted over a month where I was pretty much useless to my family then just went away one day. I also have bouts of severe pain in my shoulders, neck and down my arms into my wrist. I get pain in my hands from doing anything even mildly strenuous, like opening a package, a jar, massaging anything, etc. I also have hyperactive reflexes as well as bouts of vertigo. All of this has been for at least a decade (I'm now 36.)
So my question is, if it's early enough in the onset of MS, could the LP come back negative and I still have MS? My MRI did show a lesion, just one, but the neuro said that could just be normal. She knows I have something going on, but with the negative LP, she's convinced it's not MS.
I'm now being referred to a rheumatologist to check for things like RA, lupus, etc.
I also have Hashimoto's, so I definitely have something auto-immune going on, but my endo keeps track of my thyroid very closely and checks it pretty often, so I don't think all of this could be just from the thyroid.