i have had a weak left arm and hand and can barely wave etc and weak left leg i am walking different first it was like i was limping now its a little worse its been like this for weeks now, i have had numerous blood tests all tests have came back normal except my whte cells were low i had to get them done again and they werefine,i feel tired and exhausted a lot of the time i have to get an mri scan on the 15th feb i have read a little on ms not much, if it is ms will they give me something for the weakness and the fatigue ?will it help ? do a lot of ms sufferers lead a normal healthy life?sorry for all the questions but its answers that i want to know i have just turned 32 last week any information would be great thanks if its not ms does any one else know what it might or could be,thanks
Are you seeing a neurologist, or perhaps a rheumatologist, to try to figure out what is going on with your body?
There are lots of disorders that look alike "from the outside", and affect a person in similar ways. It sounds like your doctor is doing what he (she?) should be doing: running all sorts of tests to rule in...or rule out...various disorders, and to try to narrow the focus on what's ailing you, and then "name" it....give you a diagnosis of something. Once the diagnosis is made, then treatment can begin. What else can it be? Some of the things that mimic..or look like..MS include such things as diabetes, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vascular problems (stroke), and the list goes on, for a long time. That's why all these tests are being done -- see if any of them are causing your problems, and if not, then what is it?
If it IS MS -- the good news is that it is not fatal. Many of us with MS lead long lives. I've had MS for 24 years, now, am nearly 60 years old (I was around your age when I got it), and don't intend to die any time soon. And with the new medications for MS (around 15 years old), you might expect to have less disability and a greater quality of life than some of us "oldsters" who were diagnosed long before they existed. While many of the folks on this particular site are relatively newly diagnosed, there are a few of us who have been around for a number of years, to testify that your life with MS will continue.
But MS...like a lot of disorders..is unpredictable, and there are lots of "unknowns". Doctors can't predict how well an individual patient will do. There are meds that can help some of the symptoms, like the fatigue you describe, but not all the meds work the same for each patient, so there will be lots of trial and error to find something that will work for you.
There is no cure for MS, though...if indeed it is MS, the doctor will offer treatments that will alleviate some of the symptoms, but not eliminate them entirely, and you'll always have MS, until a cure is found (something we're all hoping for!). So you may always experience some weakness, some fatigue, some other problems...but often once someone knows what is wrong, and is doing something proactive to respond to it, those things become less overwhelming.
February 15 seems like an eternity away, but it will come up quickly, and maybe after the MRI's and the doctor has had time to review them, you'll get some answers.
In the meantime, don't hesitate to come back with more questions. We'll try to help.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....