Could this be MS?

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Violet Thomson
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Date Joined Mar 2014
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   Posted 3/30/2017 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms are:
1. Dizziness and vertigo spells.
2. Pins and needs in feet, burning and electric shocks
3. Muscle twitches
4. Spasticity? (Muscle tightness and knots in calves, shoulders, and back.)
5. Voice cracking when singing lately and choking on food and spit occasionally. (I've been singing every week in a church choir for 6 years and this doesn't happen.)
6. Severe fatigue that worsens throughout the day, lightens up after naps and upon waking. Worsens if I've over done it.
7. Bone pain in joints and long bones. (Mostly below the hips and my shin bones.)
8. Brain fog. Difficulty concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.
9. Occasional nausea and lghtheadedness but never any vomiting.
10. Tinnitus
11. Occasional hives and itching.

Could this be MS? I have a positive homogenous ANA but the tiger is a little low and this test doesn't really correlate to ms, but that's all the info I have. Ruled out thyroid and adrenal problems.

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Date Joined Sep 2015
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   Posted 3/30/2017 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Violet Thomson,

The only way to know if you have MS is to see a Neurologist for a Neurological exam/evaluation and testing. Symptoms alone will not give any answers. Many conditions, medication side effects, vitamin/mineral deficiencies and mental health problems can all cause similar symptoms as those seen in Multiple Sclerosis.

The diagnostic criteria (The Revised McDonald Criteria) relies heavily on MRI evidence and requires all other possible causes for a person's symptoms must be ruled out.

You might start out with seeing your Primary Care Physician(PCP). Your PCP can do a Neurological exam and other testing to check on some of the other conditions. Your PCP can also refer you to the appropriate specialist if necessary. It sounds like you may have already started doing this.

There is no blood test that can indicate MS as a possibility including ANA, blood work is to rule out some of the other possibilities.

Some of your symptoms would not be caused by MS.
Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985
PTSD diagnosed Feb 2004 (PTSD since age 2), Anxiety/Panic attacks secondary to PTSD.

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   Posted 3/31/2017 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Snoopy. Your long bone pain, hives and itching would not be caused by MS. The other symptoms are common to so many other illnesses, disorders, or medication side effects.

You will need to see a doctor for answers. Best of luck to you.
Diagnosed with MS July 2006

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