So I'm a Crohn's disease patient, but as of late, the concern has shifted towards a possible side effect I could have gotten from Remicade. I have to go in for a spinal tap next week, and I'm freaking out. I've had a ton of tests in my lifetime, but the idea of someone sticking a needle into my spine is really keeping me up at night.
Here are my symptoms so far...perhaps this will be enough for them to decide if I've developed MS or not..??
Started off with extreme facial and jaw pain, skin sensitivity all over my face. My face is also pretty swollen. It then moved into my legs...about 3-5 times an hour I get very sharp pains in my calves, but overall they feel extremely weak. I can walk about 10 steps and then suddenly feel like I have nothing left. Lots of headaches, but no fevers.
My neck is really stiff. I wake up during the middle of the night with terrible stiff necks that last for a few days. My right arm feels dead sometimes. Occassional tingling, but mostly just like its dead weight..I wouldn't say its numb tho.
My legs also feel like they are going to fall asleep...but they never do. I just get the tingle sensation for about a minute or so then it passes.
I have to go to the bathroom a lot but not a lot comes out. Mentally, I feel very weird. Probably due to all the stress surrounding my health, but I'm on the verge of tears throughout the day and finally at night in social situations something bothers me and I run home from parties crying. This is becoming a bad habit.
Anyhow, are there any other tests they can do to decide if I have this or not? I really really don't feel like getting a spinal tap while I'm at school. I think I'd rather go in for another colonoscopy.