My wife was recently diagnosed with MS, this is tearing me up. I'll give a little history, a little over 2 years ago we went to the Philippines for her father’s funeral. After returning she started to feel a little bit of a sour stomach and heartburn. She asked her Dr. about it and he said she had Acid Reflux and put her on Protonix.
Next we visited a GI Dr. and had all the tests done for Acid Reflux, (Endoscopies, PH monitoring, Barium Swallow, Cat Scans, Speech pathologist and ENT Dr). None of the tests have said yes you definitely have Acid Reflux, only minor results.
For the past 2 years my wife has lived with this taking Protonix, Nexium, Prilosec, Tums, Mylanta and Gaviscon. None of these really help.
She also complains of thin phlegm caught in her throat, some difficulty breathing at times and a sore or scratchy throat. She also has some difficulty swallowing (dry swallow). Food and drinks are no problem.
about 2 weeks ago she was having difficulty breathing and swallowing and asked if I would take her to the emergency room which I did. Upon arrival she started to shake and stiffen up, her breathing quickened and her eyes began to roll back. The hospital staff quickly took her back into the ER and gave her meds to stop the seizure, ordered a chest X-ray and admitted her to the hospital.
The next day she went through an EEG, and an MRI. The MRI was of her head, the results of the MRI were diagnosed as having MS (white spots). Another MRI was scheduled for the spine the next day. That MRI came back normal, no white spots on the spine.
The Neurologist Started telling us to stop by his office anytime and pick up some information on MS and to schedule an appointment to go over treatment. He also mentioned the types of treatments and their price, which I thought was kind of unusual. When he asked if there were any questions I asked about the optic nerve. His answer was that he had a Dr that he wanted us to see about that and not to see anyone else, another red flag goes up.
After getting over the initial shock, we started researching on the internet about MS. Am I to believe that there are a series of tests that are needed to fully diagnose MS?
After 4½ days in the hospital my wife was finally released and came home. 2 days later she asked if I could take her back to the ER because she was having stomach pain. I did but we went to a different hospital. The ER Dr. gave her a GI cocktail which relieved her stomach pain. I told him of the diagnosis from the other hospital and he told me that he didn’t think my wife had MS. He told me that he had seen many patients’ that had white spots on the brain and lived healthy lives. Now we‘re confused and my wife has doubts about the neurologist.