Not diagnosed, but worrying about symptoms.

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reflektor
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   Posted 2/27/2016 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone.

I'm a relatively healthy 29yo female. I have subclinical hypothyroidism and haven't tolerated meds well, so I don't take anything right now. Here's what I've been experiencing:

about a year ago, I started to notice numbness in my pinky and along the lateral aspect of my ring finger and my hand - but only at night. I did a lot of research and discovered it may be ulnar nerve entrapment, which made sense because i sleep with my arm bent pretty intensely at the elbow. I also was having neck issues that didn't surprise me. This numbness at night has come and gone. I had a neuro appt in October but at the time it had settled so I cancelled the appt. I continue to experience this on occasion and is better when I keep my arm straight in bed.

I very rarely will notice an almost numbness in my thighs when I sit on the couch for a long time. This may be a circulation issue.

I had a retinal/ocular migraine in December which consisted of only an aura and no headache. I saw an eye doctor and my eye health seemed fine.

I say the wrong word occasionally. This seems to happen when I am stressed and usually only happens at home or with friends. Never in a professional setting or with clients (I'm a nurse). I also have random lightheadedness. Whcih I've often attributed to inner ear/Eustachian tube issues as my ears are often feeling crackly and plugged. Some dietary eliminations have allowed me to get some relief from this. I also experience an "out of it" kinda feeling sometimes which also has improved with eliminating dairy and grains from my diet.

I woke up to pins and needles in my right leg last night. This hasn't happened before.

I plan to see my doctor right away and hopefully she will order an MRI and re-refer me to a neuro. I have read about what the thyroid can do, especially if untreated so I know there's possibility that that is causing issues. Overall I'm just really scared.

I do have a history of some pretty gnarly musculoskeletal injuries and I know my back and core are weak, which could lead to weird things sometimes. I just don't know what to think. Not looking for answers, just need to talk about it and vent. Thanks for reading.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/29/2016 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi reflektor,

Welcome to the MS board. You do have a lot going on!!! I'm glad to hear you are to see your doctor soon. In my opinion, you don't have any symptoms that would indicate MS. Your symptoms come and go which is not typical for MS. MS symptoms are the result of permanent or very slow healing damage to the central nervous system. I have numbness in my feet. This correlates to a lesion on my spine. The numbness is with me 24/7. It doesn't every subside.

You seem to know your body well. You've come up with reasonable explanations for most of your symptoms. You may want to check out the Lyme Board here. Your symptoms could be attributed to a Lyme infection.

You are always welcome here. I hope you find relief real soon. Ask any and all questions that you may have.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

reflektor
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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 2/29/2016 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gretchen,

Thank you so much for your reply. I think I honestly just needed to hear from people who have MS or who are more experienced with what it might look like. I googled and found a lot of people saying "those were my first symptoms" and that scared me a lot. I don't know anyone with MS so I didn't have anyone in my life that I could ask.

Yes I'd say I'm too aware to the honest. My husband has colitis and I am a nurse... So you could say I pay too much attention to my body. I think I need to focus on living life and trying to enjoy it.

I will still see my doctor and maybe have some testing to rule it out so I don't worry anymore. Thank you so much for your time and reponse.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 2/29/2016 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
There's no harm in asking a neurologist. Perhaps having a thorough neurological exam might put you at ease. Best of luck. Keep us posted.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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