Hi, I am a 26 year old female that is extremely concerned over symptoms that have reappeared after a year and a half lapse. Alittle backround: Oct 29th 2005 I started having issues seeing the ticker at the bottom of CNN, I could see there were words there but couldnt read or understand them. It progressively got worse to the point of all peripherial vision loss to the point of not being able to see my arm extended out in front of me if I looked straight ahead. I drove to work (BAD idea!) and was driving like a drunk person when I got there, less than 10 mins away. By the time I got inside, I had lost all feeling in my left arm and part of my upper right and also my speech was impacted from what felt like novcaine being injected under my tongue. I also felt extremely weak, like I couldnt pick myself up off the chair. I called my mom and had an extremely difficult time telling her what was wrong, like I knew what I needed to say but couldnt get it out (not from the numbness either). She has a nursing background from years ago and said I needed to go to the hospital with stroke symtoms. I had to be helped out of the building because I couldnt walk a straight line and by the time I got to the hospital the pain in my head was so intense I would have gladly walked out in front of a bus. The pain was primarily located in my eyes and right behind them, on both sides.
The following night, same thing in the middle of the night. Another again two days later, but with no pain this time. Just sight loss and lack of feeling and weakness. Two days after that, I had another massive 'attack' and landed in the ER again, this time the pain not being as bad but the other symptoms worse. The first ER visit they did a CAT scan and it revealed noticable lesions. On the second ER visit they finally did an MRI and it apparently came back ok, not having insurance I was of the lowest regard to the doctors so I was given the explanation of possible TIA, transient ischemic attack, or mini stroke. Big help that was, no explanation behind WHY I would be a 24 yr old having STROKES! I also saw a neurologist who sent me to a cardiologist who referred me to another cardio doc and after the battery of tests-CAT,MRI, MRA (contrast), TEE (trach echo) and several EKG machines later, they determined it wasnt my heart. Wipppiiiee! Back to the drawing board with $11,000 of debt.
At this point, I had to get a new eyeglass prescription because my eyesight changed after that one week, I went from just weak reading glasses to bifocals!! For the next six months it was impossible to stand up without getting so dizzy my vision would go white and I had to grab hold of anything I could for a few minutes til it went away. Also being outside on a hot day gardening for more than an hour got to me, the dizzy spells were exponentially worse. For the past year, no attacks. The only thing that stuck around is my hand shakes now on my left hand when I try to grab hold of something, such as a glass and random very strange feelings in my left arm. For the past year I have been able to finally forget about it, that is until yesterday the 9th. I am out of town on business which took me through the coast and got to spend my free weekend at the beach. I spent numerous hours in the sun, surfing and laying out on Saturday.
But on Sunday, again on the beach, I had by far the worst case of the numbness, the disorientation (couldnt figure out where I was for the an extended amount of time and couldnt figure out what all the people around me were doing) and then the massive pain. The numbness is the weirdest thing, it was my entire left arm, half of my right and the upper parts of my legs. It was the deepest lack of feeling, my left hand couldnt feel the texture of the water bottle or even grab and pick it up, it was too weak to do so. 45 minutes later after the numbness started to subside, by the time I got to my car to drive back the pain started. I went straight to sleep and woke up today have had no adverse effects.
So LONG story short, (sorry!!), is this just migraine related, more "TIA's" or could it possibly be MS?? I have done research and so far I can match alot back (age of females of first diagnosis, the lesions in my CAT scan, the many reoccuring symptoms over time, triggers such as heat/stress, oh and I was diagnosed with what they think is Intersitial Cystitis which is a condition of loss of bladder control which can also be a symptom of MS). I know its got to take a doctor to diagnose, but I want to know as much information as possible, especially since I am with a new job and dont have insurance yet. The fact I went for a year with nothing major and now out of the blue another massive case of symptoms. What should I do? Please, ANY advice, info, thoughts, are greatly appreciated!!