Hi all. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read my (long) story and list of symptoms.
I am 27 years old and for the past year I have been experiencing some unusual symptoms. I also want to say that I have had anxiety and panic attacks for at least 5 years now and it runs in my family. The anxiety and panic attacks have always been triggered by thoughts of dying. I just worry all the time about
getting some kind of disease, etc. That said, in the past, my panic attacks and anxiety symptoms were mostly just shakiness, feeling trapped, etc which would subside after the panic attack was over...usually within a few minutes to hours.
I have known about
MS for a long time. I participate in various fundraisers due to a close family friend being diagnosed with MS years ago. I never really knew that much about
the disease until I started researching it. Anyway, last summer, I began getting this weakness in my right arm. It was inconsistent and usually much worse at night when I was thinking about
it or trying to sleep. At times, I would wake up and my arm would be completely asleep. The degree of weakness varied and lasted about
a month or so. Again, it wasn't there all the time. It never lasted a complete 24 hours, but was there on and off for at least a month. My arm wasn't actually weak when I went to do things. I continued to work out regularly and had no problem and it seemed like my arm was performing the same as the other. However, there was an unexplained tired feeling that I could feel from my shoulder to my hand.
MS came up on my google search when I typed in arm weakness and ever since then I have been obsessing over what could be an MS symptom. Over the course of the year, I have felt pins and needles, headaches, pain in the side of my face, twitches, etc. All of these "smaller symptoms" never last. They usually go away within an hour or come and go throughout the day. about
a month and a half ago, I was in the shower and I noticed that when shaving, part of my right shin felt different than the left shin. There was a loss of sensation, but not complete numbness. This lasted a few weeks ( I think). During this time, I was having multiple panic attacks each week because I couldn't stop thinking about
what MS was going to do to my life. During that time, I went to my GP who informed me that it was anxiety or a virus and that there was no way it was ms. She prescribed lorazapam for my panic attacks and set up an appointment for me with a psychologist... my appointment is in two weeks. I scheduled an appt. with a neuro anyway and she did a neuro exam. Everything was completely normal sans the numb spot. However, even when she performed tests on the "numb" shin (placing a vibrating object, using a sharp and dull device, etc), I still passed. I could feel everything and she couldn't find anything abnormal. I told her about
my anxiety and she also said that this likely wasn't MS. She offered to schedule an MRI because she believes this is the only thing that will make my anxiety go away. Since then, the numbness is gone but I still experience random "symptoms" throughout the day. For example, sometimes, my foot will just feel strange. I can't explain it- it's not numb, not painful or pins and needles. It just feels weird. I know that part of this is anxiety, but I can't stop thinking that the underlying problem is MS. I'm terribly afraid to get an MRI and I don't know what to do.
I know all MS is different, but in your opinions, does this sound like MS to you?
Post Edited (lovetoteach715) : 6/10/2014 5:09:55 PM (GMT-6)