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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 7/7/2007 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
It has been many months since I have posted here.  I have had alot of changes occur in my life, not good ones, in the last ten months or so, and have not been on the computer much.  But anyway, l still continue with balance problems, and severe weakness in my legs that comes and go's.  I am a nurse and work 12 hour shifts, and when I am having a bad week, I can hardly make it through the day. There are times I am walking down the hallway, and from behind, I must look like I am drunk. I have been having these problems on and off since 1994, with still no diagnosis.  I had MRI of the brain, cervical and thoracic spine in March of 2006 which were all normal, except for two bulging disc in my cervical spine. I saw a neurosurgeon who stated that the problem with the disc would not cause me any problems because it was no where near my spinal cord. I went to my neuro MD yesterday, he ordered labs, another MRI of my brain, and cervical spine.  He wants me back in his office on Monday for nerve testing. He still thinks that I do NOT have MS because after all these years, I have no problem with my bladder or bowel, no numbness,and my optic nerve in both eyes are normal. According to him, if it is MS, I should be having problems in those areas as well.  Also, I have no lesions anywhere, unless it shows on my next MRI, which I have yet to schedule. I also decided to go see a internal medicine MD, who ordered labs, all of which were normal, and suggested that maybe all my symptoms are "stress induced".  Has anyone ever heard of stress causing symptoms of weakness, unsteady gait and fatigue?  So badly that you can hardly walk??  And when I have these symptoms I feel completely alone, scared and depressed. I have two young girls that I am now raising alone, and there are days I cannot go outside and do anything with them because I feel like I am going to fall down. I hate it.   Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do next?? I am lined up to see  a ENT as well, but also saw one in the past,  and all his test results were normal too.        thanks for listening......Shelley

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 7/9/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Shelly!

Wow..i'm sorry to hear of the not so good changes in u'r life, but i know u'r strong and resilient and will bounce right back. Hang tough friend...u'r a great mom and u'r bound to do just fine with the girls. I'm sorry, i know it's hard, but u will do great. As for the unanswered symptoms...i'm with u friend, tho u've had probs much longer. When i was first seeing a doc for all this, i saw an internal med doc who also suggested the possibility of depression or stress as a cause for my probs. Of couse i felt that was all wrong and still do. Nothing like having u'r mental state questioned. I have gone back and forth on this...could it really be depression or stress?? Could i just not realize it? Well i take Cymbalta and that's an antidepressant...seems that would solve my probs if that was it. So i am back to the unsolved mystery of my symptoms. Limboland. Hang in there...this seems to be a long road to finding an answer. All of my test results were normal and nothing shows up on my MRI' idication of the things that are happening, but something is definitely happening. Keep pushing on and looking for u'r answers...we'll all be here to help along the way too. Take good care of u'rself and try not to let the stresses of life get to u.
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