Myclonic jerk, imbalance, headaches

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PattyLatty
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   Posted 3/2/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
My hubby's 55 and has always been in good health. Three weeks ago the following symptoms started: myclonic jerk, sometimes several times an hour, heaches in the back right of his head, vertigo, imbalance, and mental confusion. His EMT ruled out inner ear problems. The back doctor ruled out cervical problem. Monday I called a neuro who told me to bring him right in. When he had my hubby close his eyes and walk heal toe, my hubby fell down backwards. Neuro said definitely something neurological is going on and ordered an MRI for the following day and an EEG & blood work.

Thankfully the MRI came back clear. The neuro called yesterday on his day off and told my hubby the MRI was clear and he'd call back so they could regroup.

My hubby thinks it might be MS. Myclonic jerk can be present in MS, parkinsons (neuro said it's not parkinson's), tumor (which the MRI ruled out) an a few others I can't recall.

Please tell me what you, as MS patients, think. As you know, waiting is often the hardest part of a disease. With my lupus and RA I had to wait years for a diagnosis.

Thank you so much.

Pat
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uppitycats
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   Posted 3/2/2007 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Given your husband's age and the relatively sudden onset of these symptoms, MS would be at the *bottom* of my list of concerns.  Ask the neuro about vascular problems -- blockages of arteries, for example -- which could cause some of these symptoms. 

Here's a website that describes the causes of myoclonic jerks, and it talks about strokes as a possible cause as well:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus.htm

I hope he gets proper treatment soon!

 

 


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

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