I have had MS for 2 1/2 yrs. One year prior to my inital exacerbation (episode), I also had numbness in my fingertips that lasted for at least 6 weeks. It was annoying because I was in a typing class for my associates degree and instead of typing 55wpm I could only manage 25 wpm. Finally that went away and i didn't give a second thought until I actually was in the hospital getting looked over when I experienced facial dropping and weakness in my right arm and leg.
I had six leasions on my inital MRI. The Neuro's theorized that I may well have had MS for 10 yrs already with that amount of leisions.
I also have "Silent Leisions" on my MRI, dormant lurking in the brain until they are ready to attack. Dang evil monsters! I have a bunch of those now and I am not looking forward to them waking up. Hopefully they won't ever.
I'm not a doctor either but only going by what I've been told. Sounds like MS to me too.
They need to do an MRI and spinal tap/lumbar puncture to I believe measure the amount/percentage of proteins in the spinal fluid is an apparent indicator of MS as well as the white leisions. Also, the brighter more white leisions are the most current or recently activated leisions. Again only what I've been told by a Neuro. Dr. Corey Ford, MS Specialist of UNM.
If you haven't got an Lumbar puncture yet. Whenever you do, it really doesn't hurt. However, Do Not get up off the bed right away. Lay flat for at least an hour if that. Even so, you may still experience the horrendous Spinal Headaches. Migranes X 100!! Take Vicodin or Darvocet for the pain. I laid down for about 50 minutes because I was told the same and I still got the headaches. Just letting you know.
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