What things do you tell your neuro?

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/7/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
How do you differentiate what is a symptom and what is common(normal)? I sat down the other day and my left leg started tingling like it was asleep.  I bent over in the shower to shave my legs and my whole back started tingling all over. It did go away pretty quick. If I walk for 5 min. or more my legs and body get a vibration feeling and my inner thighs feel numb. The last 2 wks I had a headache that only subsided with 600mg of motrin ever 5-6 hours. It is better this week. My hands are still asleep feeling but that's not new. They hurt when cold and feel like a rubberband is around my palm area...hard to open flat.
Question is, I sort of feel like a hypochondriac! Are these legitimate things to tell my neuro or are these insignificant symtoms from all the numbness that started and stopped starting in May? I don't know my neuro that well and I'm just really not sure about what all he should know. Any input on this would be appreciated.
Thanks so much,

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   Posted 10/7/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Generally, I keep a log of stuff like you describe...and then share it with my doctor when I have a regular visit. The kinds of fleeting sensations you describe could be related to having MS...or simply normal things that ordinary people experience, but you're hypersenitive because you're worried about your health. Only time I call my doctor is if it is a new symptom that lasts longer than 24 hours, and affects my ability to go about my day. The headache would have been something I'd call about (if it didn't clear up in 24 hours or so).

Are you diagnosed with MS? Was it a recent diagnosis? Over time, you'll be more comfortable distinguishing between just "stuff", and stuff the neuro needs to know about.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/7/2006 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi uppity,

No I'm waiting for a f/u mri of brain and c-spine in Feb. Still in the grey area. Had positive o-bands and high inflammation on LP. Lesions on c-spine in August. Thank you for the info. Every bit of it helps me in learning more about how and what to ask the Dr. All of this is new and takes some getting used to:)
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