Re: Sjogrens Syndrome?
You asked if it is possible to have MS at the age of 20. Yes, very definately. The usual age for dx is between 18-40; however younger people are being dx with MS now a days due to better testing. There is no one specific test for MS; but if you are interested in reading more about it, you can read up on the revised McDonald Criteria, which shows what must be done to get a dx.
You mentioned "eye pain (dryness), tingling sometimes in my face, severe vertigo at times, anxiety"- all of these are symptoms of MS....
I woke up one day 8 years ago with numbness and tingling in my hand and fingers...thinking it was a pinched nerve, I did nothing until the pain got so bad 24 hours later, that I called my doctor. A CT scan showed abnormalities, a Neurologist was called in to consult, and into a MRI I went.....45 minutes later, they discovered the damage to my nerve conductors- the Myelin sheath, which covers the nerves, in my brain was fried.... two weeks later, I started having eye pain, and went to my eye doctor, who sent me to a neuro=opthamologist...who discovered that my optic nerve was inflammed- this is known as Optical Neuritis...all of this, equaled Multiple Scerlosis..
8 years later, im in post graduate school- work as a Regional Manager for a very busy company, traveling constantly. I have 3 kids, and a husband. Nothing stops me...but off and on, I do suffer with significant MS symptoms...
Its worth a discussion with your Rheumy......just to see if a MRI is worth having. Thats the first test they do- spine and brain, with and without contrast...
Hope you get your answers..
RRMS- dx 05