Crohn's for 16 yrs. Diag. with MS 1 yr ago.
I did a lot of research on Crohn’s and IBD and read everything I could find on the internet regarding Crohn’s and read a GI Book. The one and most important thing I did not read on line was that if you have one autoimmune disease then you have a HIGHER risk in getting two or more autoimmune diseases. Plus, they are now finding links between IBD and MS.
You sound like me I had the same Symptoms for years
First my left side was numb and tingling. Then my right side started to get numb and tingling. I kept complaining that everything was getting worse and because, I also have Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Disk Disease, Herniated & Bulging Disk, they were always scanning my spine. OMG, the spasms are extremely painful, and I get them anytime and anywhere in my legs, feet and hands. Plus, I also have sleep apnea and glaucoma.
Then September 2015 I had a MRI of my brain and they found all the lesions. I then was lucky enough to get a referral to one of the best Neurologist here and less than a year after my MRI on September 2015, I was diagnosed with MS December 2015, it’s my anniversary!!!!!!!!! And I am still googling things on MS. The disease is very complex disease and there is no way to understand it all. The doctors and researchers don’t even understand it.
So I am about to start my 3rd prescription for MS and I am on line reading again….. And I came across your post.
Other symptoms, and perhaps the most important…. I also had and still have numbness on my face and tongue and one of my eyes are droopy. These are symptoms that cannot be explained by a pinched nerve in your spine and is typically (not always) a symptom of MS!!!!!
Long story… shorter… wrapping up… You need to see a Neurologist and get MRI's for your Brain & entire Spine.
Just like Crohn's that can show up in any area of your intestine from your mouth to your anus. MS can show up in any part of your spine and brain. MS damages the myelin coating around the nerve fibers in the central nervous system, which controls everything everywhere anytime. It is impossible to predict how the disease will affect you and is non curable and does progressively get worse with age. But the sooner you get diagnosed the sooner you can start MS Treatment to at least slow down the progression and hopefully you can have a normal life.
There isn't one test that confirms MS 100%. They will look at your MRi's and perform other test, mainly to rule everything else out. Then with the combination of the test results and scans they can diagnosis you with or without MS. Try to be patient and I wish you all the best of luck and health for the rest of this year and next.
MS Symptoms include, numbness, tingling, weakness, muscle spasms, pain, walking difficulty, depression, anxiety, tremors, vision problems dizziness, Vertigo, cognitive changes and headaches.