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   Posted 8/5/2006 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I am 21 and I've been going to the doctor for three years now with symptoms of extreme fatigue, weakness in my legs, shakiness in my hands, heaviness in my head and sometimes pressure, and I am unable to focus and concentrate. Sometimes I feel completley drained and I also get severely depressed. The weird thing is, the symptoms come around july and leave around january everytime. During that time, they also come and go but are very frequent, almost day to day. I had an MRI a couple of years ago on my brain and everything was normal. A year ago I had one on my spine and that was "perfect" according to my neurologist. My physician has a feeling that I have MS, but she doesn't want to diagnose until she knows for sure, which according to her can take several years. My neurologist thinks I have restless leg syndrome which makes me want to cry, just because I know that can't be making me this miserable. A lot of times I also feel sore like Ive been working out. I was wondering if somebody can let me know if this sounds like what they experience, or if I am looking in the wrong direction. Thank you. I did try the "hot bath test" and I felt okay except that my hands became tingly and my legs became weak. Is that normal?

Post Edited (JackSparrow) : 8/5/2006 1:06:15 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/5/2006 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jack ,

I'm sorry you are having problems at such a young age. If MS is what you have, it can possibly take quite a while in some cases for enough positive findings to appear to get a dx. What you are describing are symptoms of MS but also of many other conditions, have you had other possibilities ruled out? It sounds like you are keeping in contact with your doctors and that is a good thing. A suggestion at this point would be to keep a journal of some kind tracking what symptoms you are having, how long they last and when they occur. Definately contact the doc if you have anything new come up or if anything gets worse. If symptoms are worse than they were two years ago when you had your last MRI it might be worth asking if they think a repeat might be necessary.

Not everyone with MS responds poorly to heat, but if you are experiencing worsening of symptoms in a hot bath or out in the hot sun it might also be worth mentioning to your doctor.

Best of luck to you and I hope you find some answers and start to feel better. Please update us if you find out anything or if you have anymore questions.

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   Posted 8/6/2006 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,
Sorry you are having problems.  Your symptoms could be caused by Lyme Disease.   I also had fatigue problems and weakness in my legs that would come and go in the beginning years.   Hot water baths stir up the lyme bacterias making one feel worse and even more fatigued.
Most people don't even know they were bit by a tick because ticks have a "numbing agent" and less than 50% of people get a rash of any type.
I suggest asking your doctor to send your blood to www.IgeneX.com or have the QRiBb test done at:
I hope you feel better,
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