Hi, I would be very grateful if anyone could review my symptoms because I'm scared. I haven't told anyone even my husband...
This started after a 10 day course of Levaquin for a sinus infection but I've taken it before and I also suffer from mild overlapping connective tissue disease. Symptoms from that vacillate between arthralgia, Sjogrens and mild lupus symptoms including a semi butterfly rash. I quit the 3mg of Predisone i had taken for 24 years but i am doing pretty well in that I can still function without it. Now I just use Advil occasionally. Oh and I also have GERD but it's manageable with a few lifestyle changes. I just have to be PERFECT with my diet. I am at a good weight not sure how that happened. Just wanted to mention that. And I am peri-Menopause. I'm a bit of a mess. I keep telling myself it isn't cancer. It doesn't help so much lately.
This one is the most terrifying to me: My balance is really off. I have almost started to tip over and I'm not sure if this symptom is related or not but when I walk down stairs (hard to describe) I feel like a step is pulling away from me and almost trip. If there wasn't a railing there I would fall down the steps., like it's not there when it is or like it's a few inches lower and I almost fall until my foot finally finds it. My mom died falling down steps literally. I'm holding on for dear life going down them now.
I have always been a little bit of a space cadet but I am so afraid. I feel like I have early onset Alzheimers! I'm sure I don't have it just wanted to explain how much I've changed cognitively.
Here are those symptoms which were fairly sudden though it took me a while to face that they may be related (it's hard to explain so I will try my best):
I have always been flakey about losing things but this is a whole other thing: I will put things down in strange places. Here's the most intense one.Putting my dog's dishes in a different place. We have put our dog's bowls in a particular place for 2 years and he's MY dog. Not only did I do that but I suddenly reminded myself that I put food and water in his bowl so where is it? I look everywhere totally confused about what is going on. Finally spotted it and was actually a little freaked out.
I sometimes (like everyone else) forget what I was going to say. But now I forget what i'm saying after talking. It's like I'm forgetting AS I'm talking. 99% of the time. It is starting to "expand" to starting an activity and walking away from that activity and completely forgetting what I was doing. Like my head is totally empty. Or I will start doing something and forget why I am doing it.
When I park my car it's crooked. I quickly catch myself stopping very close to the car in front of me. NEVER did that in my life. Scares me esp w kid in car.
Last one: Let's say have to walk the dog. I "catch myself" looking at the dog and then suddenly think "what do I have to do again? Is it something with the dog?then it takes about20 seconds to remember IF I remember at all.
There are probably more. Can anyone tell me if any of this sounds like MS? Since I have overlapping connective tissue disease can this be the most recent manifestation of that?
I'm afraid. Is any of this reversible if you think it is MS?
My head feels totally empty most of the time. I almost posted this! I didn't even finish my last thought!
You get the gist I hope.
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