Hello. I am 30 years old and got sick a year ago. Over the course of the last year, I have seen neurologists, rheumatologists, infectious disease doctors, etc. I became acutely ill last year in June with extreme weakness, fatigue, lightheadedness, and a feeling like I could die...and I'm not kidding. After several months I partially recovered and have had two big flare ups since then (one in November and one last February).
I had an MRI of my brain and cervical spine with and without contrast and it was normal. My PCP wants to diagnose me with chronic fatigue syndrome, but I feel like that's a nice way of her telling me she's giving up.
I have an array of symptoms, many of them intermittent. Here is the long list:
weakness in my arms and sometimes lower legs
stomach pain (upper right quadrant)
muscle weakness/muscle spasms
a feeling of internal shaking/trembling
difficulty standing for long periods of time
There are some other symptoms as well. When I have a flare up my head feels like it weighs a ton. I have missed countless days of work. I am fighting for answers, but I'm finding it harder and harder to get anywhere.
Do these symptoms sound like MS? And, have any of you had a normal MRI and then were diagnosed later on? Is it worth it to request a subsequent MRI in the future?
Any suggestions you may have would be fantastic.
Thanks so much!