Concerned about possible MS

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Boska
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   Posted 4/1/2016 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
A few months back (December) I began getting awful chest pains that lasted four days and pain in my arm. Within the same week, the pain in my right arm moved to the other (left) side where it has stayed. In addition, there is some pain in the leg on the left side as well. Around 2 weeks later, I noticed a sensitivity to light began. I wouldn't say I have blurry vision, but something clearly changed. My doctor ordered a Brain MRI (w and w/o contrast) which came back the same day, clean.

Later in January, about a month after this started, I started feeling some numbness/tingling in my fingers on my right hand (opposite side of the arm and leg pain). Then some tingling under my left eye. Many things have come on quickly and I am genuinely concerned. The numbness isn't always there, but ehen it comes back, it freaks me out. My doctor put MS in my head and for the last 4 months I haven't been able to think straight... Do these symptoms indicate MS?

I have a neurology appt in May, but I need some guidance here. I have had a neurological test for balance, gait, reflexes, ect by my PC, and that looked normal. Would a normal brain MRI and neuro test point to MS? What else could it be?

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/2/2016 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Your symptoms could be from MS, however due to the fact that you have a clean MRI and a normal neurological exam it seems you probably don't have MS. Most people who have MS, don't have symptoms that come and go. My symptoms are due to permanent damage to my central nervous system. I developed a lesion on my spine. It caused my feet and lower legs to have numbness and tingling. It's with me 24/7 since that flare 9 years ago.

I hope you find some answers soon. Please ask any questions you may have.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

Boska
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   Posted 4/3/2016 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the quick response. The only symptom I notice that comes and goes is the numbness in the fingers and face. Everything else (sensitivity to light, discomfort in the arm and leg) have been present since December. I had the neuro exam done by a DO, so not a neurologist or anything. That is the appointment coming up... They only ordered an MRI on my brain, not the spine so I guess I am worried there...although I have been told it is rare to have a clean brain MRI and have lesions on the spine, but not unheard of. I am a 26 year old male.

If it isn't MS, what else could cause symptoms like these? An ELISA test ruled out Lyme, but I have been told that isn't a very accurate test (I did come in contact with Ticks in November). Anything else it could be?

Post Edited (Boska) : 4/3/2016 2:50:26 PM (GMT-6)


Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/3/2016 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme. The tests for Lyme Disease are incredibly poor. Lyme disease can never be ruled out.

Google search MS mimics. There are dozens of other diseases and disorders that can cause your symptoms. I'm not saying you don't have MS. Obviously no one here can diagnose you.

Since you were exposed to ticks in November, you should aggressively be treating Lyme disease. Please post on the Lyme board. You are always welcome here. Keep asking questions.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

Boska
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   Posted 4/4/2016 11:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I have posted on it, but is there anything else I can be doing? I am incredibly freaked out and the last 4 months have been hell for me.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/4/2016 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps look into diet and lifestyle changes you can make. Increase your vitamin D-3. I take 6,000 IU daily. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables. Eat lots of vegetables of any sort. Exercise as much as you can comfortably. Get plenty of sleep. Try to reduce stress in your life. If you smoke, stop as soon as you possibly can. I'm sorry; this sounds a bit lame. I hope you can find relief real soon. You do sound miserable.

Check into treating anxiety, if you feel that might be appropriate.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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

Boska
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   Posted 4/6/2016 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Yesterday, I got a new symptom. about midday, I started noticing tingling in my right foot. Went to sleep and when I woke up, my inside part of my right foot had a noticeable sensation change... I know that my stress level isn't helping the situation, but I am lost as to what is going on with me.

Gretchen1
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   Posted 4/7/2016 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
You could ask for a spinal MRI. Other tests you might ask your doctor about would be evoked potentials (vision, hearing and extremities) You could also ask about a lumbar puncture.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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