lower back and hip pain

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forestgrrl
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   Posted 8/16/2014 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am new here and have a question. I do not have a dx of ms but seem to be having some symptoms that seem to go along with an ms patient. I was recently dx with chostochronditis and was wondering if anyone had this dx before getting an ms dx? My other question is the hip and lower back pain. I have the hardest time moving in the morning out of bed and turning over in bed, it hurts at night a lot and sometimes lasts into the day. It is very painful. I also experience the ribs tightening and very sore which dr. said was chostochodritis. I dont know very frustrated right now. Any input would be great thank you.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/16/2014 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi forestgrrl,

Welcome to the MS board. I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation. You have some worrisome symptoms. The costochondritis could be construed as the MS symptom called the hug.

The painful back and hip seem much more like arthritis. Stiff, painful joints are not typical symptoms for MS. MS is a disease of the central nervous system and not joints or connective tissue.

What has your doctor said about these symptoms? Do you have any other diagnosis?
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forestgrrl
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   Posted 8/17/2014 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I see my doctor this next week so I will find out more at that time. The only other thing I have is migraines and numbness and tingling in my extremities. The numbness and tingling is not all the time and not all day. I almost just live with it and ignore but it can become bothersome at times. The only time I have been really worried is when I fell coming out of bed and straight into my window believe it or not! Bad circulation I guess lol I do thank you for getting back to me as so many people have said.... MS mimics so many other things that it is frustrating. Sometimes wish I could just have a name for what is wrong with my body and then move on from there and not always be wondering. Don't know if that makes sense or kind of crazy but thats how I feel sad
Trish

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/17/2014 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had many people here express frustration at being in diagnostic limbo. It must be very frustrating. Hopefully you well get answers and treatment soon.

If it's any consolation, MS numbness typically doesn't come and go. It comes and stays. The numbness coincides with significant damage to either the brain or spinal column. I'm numb from about the mid-shins down. Also I have some numbness in my left hand.

My numbness is reasonably shallow and I can still move those extremities although I have some weakness in my left hand and foot.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

forestgrrl
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   Posted 8/20/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello again,
I went to the doctor yesterday and got a diagnosis of fibromialgia. Although when we were talking she said some of my symptoms were along the lines of possible MS or lou gertitttes ( not sure if I spelled that correctly). She said she will have to wait and see how my symptoms continue. Is this normal to have more than one thing going on??? All three are not fun let alone to possibly have 2 diagnosis???? What is your opinon of that?
Thanks ,
Trish

Gretchen1
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   Posted 8/20/2014 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Let's hope you don't have Lou Gehrig's (ALS)!!!! That is a fatal disease!!! It seems extremely improbable that you would have all three diseases. MS and ALS are very similar. ALS is just much much more progressive. Abilities are lost at an extremely rapid rate. MS is also progressive but at a much slower pace. MS is not considered fatal. Fibromyalgia is neither progressive not is it fatal. It is marked by chronic pain.

If it were me, I'd focus on the fibromyalgia diagnosis. Be aggressive about doing what you can about getting treatment for that. If while treating your Fibro, you experience no relief, or you experience a progression of symptoms then you will want to return to your doctor. We have a wonderful Fibro board here. Do post and introduce yourself. They are a terrific bunch.

If you are still worried about MS, ask for a brain MRI. That can be a helpful test. There is no difinitive test for MS.

What symptoms made your doctor say maybe MS or ALS?
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

I have no lesions on my soul and so I live with no limits.

Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 8/20/2014 5:56:45 PM (GMT-6)


forestgrrl
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   Posted 8/20/2014 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
My numbness in my legs and arms, migraines and my right foot is weak and I keep tripping over it. I have sensations of pins and needles but not all the time. My walk is a little awkward leaning to one side. ( let me tell you thats real cute to see ) LOL frustrated but trying to still have a sense of humor. Yes I will check out the fibro chat room thank you so much. This has been very beneficial for me to have this here and see what others are dealing with.
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