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   Posted 2/3/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
i think i have ms i have had numerous blood tests they have came back ok i get my mri scan in 12 days i have left weak leg and left weak arm and fatigue i am hoping and praying i dont have ms i am making myself ill i cant sleep eat  and i am feeling sick because of it all.
i am just wondering if this can be anything else rather than ms.

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   Posted 2/3/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   

Here is a site that talks about lots of different disorders that could be considered "MS mimics", or "what else it could be":



While certainly a diagnosis of MS is scary, it is not as bad as many other illnesses one could be diagnosed with, and these days, at least, there are some treatments for MS that are helpful. Many of us have lived and continue to live with MS, for years and years. 

Come back and let us know how your testing goes.

...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 2/3/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kirsty -

I know how hard the wait is, but please take a deep breath, make you a sandwich, eat it and take a nap. :o)

I too have a TON of fatigue, have weak arms and legs (my rt side is mostly affected), heavy arms and legs about 75% of the time (but not all the time). I am at the point where I'm gettting most of my hair cut off at my next hair appointment to make my life easier. I'm not going to list all my symptoms here, since that isn't why I'm posting. I don't worry about the house cleaning and laundry, I have kids and a hubby that can help out and darn it I ask them to do it and they do it. :o)

I have 2 huge dogs that I love almost as much as my children (20 yr old daugher, 17 yr old son) they are a 112# Golden Ret and 100# Husky Mix that walk themselves, since we live out in the country, so I am lucky in that sense. I work full time and go to school full time, I tell you this not to say hey I'm super woman, but to say it can be done BUT I have not been DX'd as of yet. But even if I do get DX'd with MS, this will not change immediately maybe years down the line I may need to make some changes, but I won't do that until I absolutely need to.

I have had an MRI and it did come back positive, although my LP came back normal. I am in limboland at the moment and am preparing you for even if the MRI comes back positive, do not expect a DX right away, more tests will need to be done to rule out the other things that Uppity gave you in the link in the above post.

Right now my neuro is not convinced that I have MS eventhough my MRI is positive and I have many of the 'MS symptoms', she is sending me to another neuro and MS specialist for a 2nd opinion, which will take me another 2 -3 months to get into. I started this journey in October 2006. Some people it takes years to even get this far.

Please take it for what it is right now... symptoms, not a disease and try to cope. I do know that it is easier said than done. Sleep when you can, don't try to overdue it and try not to panic.

Everyone on this board are great listeners and if you just need to vent, vent, but don't put your life on hold for something of the unknown right now. Is there a close friend that you can confide in with your fears? I really don't have any close friends, except my family, the one I did have, freaked as soon as I told her (ignorance of the disease) and hasn't talked to me since, so it's been easier for me to just update my 'virtual friends' here and that's OK with me. I hope this has given you some comfort from one newbie to another. Welcome friend! :o)
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   Posted 2/3/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kristy,
    Aww I'm sorry that you are worrying yourself sick, thats no good!  You are always more than welcome to express your feelings here as the majority of us have gone through what you are now or are still going through it.  Sometimes just talking to someone who can relate can make a world of difference.  Do you have any hobbies or anything that you can do to help take your mind off things?   
   The website Uppity gave is excellent and please do check that out when you get time.  We will always be here for support when you need us, and I do hope your testing goes well.  Take care.
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   Posted 2/3/2007 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Kirsty - I'm in limbo too. I know it's difficult not to worry about everything, but worrying may make the symptoms worse. Try to relax and do some research/reading about MS and keep reading and writing on the forum. There is an awesome support net right here.

Uppity - thanks for posting that link on diseases that mimic MS.
migraines since 1974 ; septic hip - 1999 with birth of daughter ; hip replacement 9/03>MS limbo since 3/2004; dx acid reflux - 11/2006; dx compressed discs>dx RLS - 9/2006; dx IBS; dx RLS
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   Posted 2/21/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
 i got my mri scan on thursday and saw my neurogist the next day i had to get an emegancy mri scan i had an abnormality in my brain,i got kept in hospital that friday they said that theres bleeding in the brain,the next day they said is looks like a cyst thats drawn in blood its sliighty to my right so i have weakness down my left side,they let me home today i still have weakness and feel tired i have to get another scan in 8 weeks to see if its got any bigger smaller etc i they also said its more likely i also had a mini stroke if the cyst gets smaller they said some of the weakness will go  but i will never be 100/% i just thought id keep u updated im just glad to be home
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