Re: New here and would like some advice..
Hi and welcome to healthboards. Im sorry you are in the midst of all this.
You asked how many of your symtoms could be attributed to anxiety. All of them could; but also many of them could be neurologic in nature. You defintely need to see a neurologist and have some tests done. Anxiety, can create very similar symtoms- but only YOU know if you have anxiety problems in general, or if you are under massive amounts of stress at this time.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system. It can affect the eyes, brain and spine. The symptoms you describe can be symptoms of MS, however they can be symptoms of over 300 other diseases as well.....MS is very hard to dx, and in order to do so, the doctor follows the revised McDonald criteria- you can research that. HE or she will start with an MRI. You want to make sure it is with and without contrast, and of both the brain and Cspine- anything less than that, ask why you cant have the whole MS workup. Its important, because lesions hide in strange places and just doing the brain- and not using contrast- isnt enough information.
Once they look and see if there are any lesions (scars- which are from attacks of the immune system on the central nervous system) they will probably do some other tests. Nerve Conduction tests- (EMGs), eye tests (VEPs) and possibly some stress tests and even a lumbar puncture- these are all to rule out similarily presenting diseases. This will give them a place to start..
You really should request to be seen by a MS specailist if you can, not a general neuro. Neuros specialize in things like migranes, parkinsons disease, ALS, or even stroke....finding one who is completely centered around MS is not always easy, but they exist- these docs know what they are looking for and wont overlook anything.
Ruling out anxiety is not so easy....but imperative, as the symptoms CAN mimic neurologic symptoms. IF you have ever been on anti axiety drugs, or antidepressents, make sure the doctor knows this...
I wish you the best in your future adventure, because thats what it is. Unfortunately there is no quick answer to what you are going through....be strong and take it day by day....and the worst thing you can do is worry about it. Whatever it is, it is. You cant change it....but you CAN live with it.
RRMS- dx 05