Wondering if I have MS...?

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KJKismet
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   Posted 1/3/2015 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having numbness/tingling or pins and needles sensations in my hands for several months now. It started with just my hands but has now radiated up my arms and I have it in my feet, legs, and face as well. It isn't present 100% of the time but pretty frequently and it makes it extremely hard to fall asleep! I've also noticed loss of sensation in part of my face and weakness in my legs. The worst of all of it though is the major fatigue! I literally have a hard time just going grocery shopping, let alone working a full time job on top of that. I am only 23 and have never had issues like this before. I cannot make it through a day at work without pounding at least one energy drink (caffeine never used to effect me...now I fall asleep without it). I spend my weekends mostly in bed recovering from a full week of work. I work an office job so it's not even physically straining. I feel useless. I also have been having minor memory issues like forgetting words or replacing them with words that sound similar but mean something completely different. I have always been a word/grammar enthusiast so it's weird for me to not be able to articulate as I normally do. I know MS runs in my family. Does this sound like MS?

I had a brain MRI w/ and w/o contrast last week and I don't have the report back yet but I did get a copy of the images. I see some white spots on the images without contrast and then the images w/ contrast are lit up like a Christmas tree! There is so much white. Is that normal? I really don't know what normal vs abnormal MRIs look like. I am going crazy waiting to see my neurologist for the results.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/3/2015 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kismet,

Welcome to the board. I'm very sorry to hear of your issues. You have significant symptoms!! I hope your neurologists can give you some answers real soon. We can't diagnose you of course. I do feel you have valid concerns.

Please keep us posted. When is your appointment to discuss the MRI?
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

KJKismet
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   Posted 1/3/2015 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally understand I can't be diagnosed online, just wondering of anyone else had these types of sx when searching for a diagnosis. I think the hardest part of this has been feeling like I have no one to talk to about it. I talk to my husband and he gives support as he can but it's hard not having someone who has been through this process to relate.

I have an appointment on the 13th so ten more days. I know that's not far away but it feels like a lifetime. I hate waiting in limbo wondering what's wrong.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/3/2015 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Ugh. Ten days seems like a very long wait. I'm sorry! I had numbness in the tops of my feet/big toes. I never did anything about it. I am a teacher and I'm on my feet a lot. I assumed the numbness was just from cheap shoes. Then I had a horrific bout of severe vertigo. It progressed rapidly over the course of 3 weeks. I ended up hospitalized for 4 days. That got me an MRI and it went from there. I was diagnosed in 5 weeks. It was only during a symptom checklist during this time that the numbness was discussed.

Numbness is a very common symptom as well as a very common first symptom of MS. I hope I'm not scaring you. Sometimes being ready for what may happen can help. Your other symptoms also seem MS-ish. The problem is that MS symptoms are hardly unique. Many diseases share them.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

Post Edited (Gretchen1) : 1/3/2015 6:57:49 PM (GMT-7)


KJKismet
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   Posted 1/3/2015 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
No you aren't scaring me. It's nice to hear other people's experiences. It's nice to know kind of what to expect though I know no two cases are really alike with MS. I'm honestly not so scared of the possibility of being diagnosed. I feel like once I find out what's wrong I can really start to understand it and work on getting better. It's so hard to see hope of getting better when I don't know what's going on. I'm more afraid of the doctor not knowing than I am of getting diagnosed.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 1/3/2015 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
That's so common. Limbo is often a worse feeling than a definite diagnosis. I've lived with MS for 8 years. It's been rough but I'm happy and managing. MS is a disease that you can often successfully manage. I am still working and living with few limits. I hope that gives you some hope.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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