Posted 12/22/2006 8:30 AM (GMT -6)
Hi All - I posted under Crittle's topic a week or so ago and theLight answered a couple questions of mine, but I have a few more and thought I better start a new thread for my next couple of questions. Here's my history.
I have not been officially dx'd yet, but my neurologist has told me that it's a pretty good possibility that I am in the early stages of MS. I went to her for rt hand tremors, random rt side numbness and random body tremors. I had an EEG which came back normal but showed signs of possible minor seizure activity, so since I have migraines as well, I am now on Topamax, should be on 100mg/day, but 50mg/day is making me dopy, it's helping so far, so we're hoping I don't have to bump it up to the 100mg. My MRI came back with multiple white spots on my brain which I was told could be one of the following 1) an infection 2) old severe brain injury 3) old stroke scars 4) early stages of MS. I have never had a severe brain injury, so we know that's not it, I have no idea if I have had a stroke (I'm 38 years old and extremely healthy). As far as I and my parents know, I have never had any type of brain infection that has been detected or treated. It's hard to determine if I'm experiencing the 'normal' symptoms since I've been blind in one of my eyes since birth (deformed optic nerve) and the disease hits the optic nerve pretty hard and I can't experience double vision due to the monovision. My coordination and balance has been getting worse in the last few months, but I didn't think anything of it, just me not paying attention since I'm blind in one eye.
I have always had intermittant right side numbness, however this morning something new happened, where just my right toe went numb and I immediately felt like I could throw up ( the kind of upset stomach of severe pain, although I had no pain ). I've had the flu shot, so I'm not thinking flu, it was just very weird. The right side of my face continually goes numb, but usually no upset tummy with it. I have my spinal tap scheduled for Wednesday 12/27/06, so we'll see what that brings.
All this terminology is new to me, theLight as well as other members mention 'exacerbations', when I have the numbness attacks is that considered an exacerbation or is it when I am so tired I can barely walk?
I'm still very concerned about my multitasking skills that are going down the drain. A couple years ago I was extremely good at multitasking and I have been getting worse and worse at it. This past year, I can't concentrate and I can barely do two things at once, not good for someone in the IT world and going to school full time. Carrying on imprompteau conversations is very hard for me as well, getting harder this past 6 mos, I know what I want to say, but can't form the words properly, so that is very frustrating.
IF this does come out that MS is in my future, does the meds help put things back into perspective or is this just something that I need to figure out how to overcome like the rest of you?
Thank you all for your words of wisdom!