I am 42 y/o female. Since college I remember having muscle spasms/pain below my right shoulder blade. I was told in grade school that I had mild scoliosis. Since that time, it's gotten worse but is sporadic - sometimes it's every month - other times it's much less. When I felt stressed over the last few years, it would then sometimes "buzz" or tingle before going into a spasm in the days following. Over the past few mos, I've felt it also under my left shoulder blade from time to time. Now, I've also had 2 children in the past 2 yrs so now I have a 30+lb 22 mo old and 20+ lb 6 mo old. Needless to say, my heavy lifting and stress level has gone up considerably. I feel the tingling and/or pain almost daily.
The newest occurrence is pins and needles in my right shin area that lasted about a week or so. It's still not right and feels just "weird" - kind of heavy, just different and that's been for over 2 mos. Also, I've noticed the underside of my left pinky toe is numb as well as a 2 inch patch on the front area of my right heel. I think I've had that before but never noticed it. Not sure.
Went to a neuroligist and she ordered bloodwork to rule out Lyme, chol., thyroid issues, connective tissue diseases, etc. Also, 2 xrays- thoracic and lumbar areas. She was thinking it could be a disc issue. I asked about MS and she says that's always a consideration in a woman my age. That scares me to death. She said she's very conservative and that's why she didn't send me for an MRI.
Well, the bloodwork was normal and so were the xrays. I brought up MS again and she said she wants to "rule out demyelination" so is ordering an MRI of spine and thoracic areas. When I asked her if I could wait until I'm done nursing my baby (few more mos), she said yes and even said I could wait to see if I had any more symptoms. She said it could still be a disc issue that the xray didn't see, an unknown virus that affected the nerves, etc. Basically she didn't commit to anything and didn't know.
When I was pg with my son a couple of yrs ago I had seen this neur because several times I had seen squiggly lines that lasted a few seconds during my last trimester. She attributed it to possibly an ocular migraine and the opthalmologist said it was probably that too - due to all the increased blood circulation. I would assume if it were ON, the opthal could see it when he looked at my eyes. The opthalm did a very thorough exam. Also, I never had it since and not even with the pg of my daughter in the year following. I do get migraines though although this was different. It didn't block my vision and usually happened when I got up from bending over. I'd see these squiggles and then they were gone.
All of this has me panicked. I don't want to be spinning my wheels chasing a dx since I had two children under the age of 22 months. A few mos shouldn't make a difference and I'd like to research this as much as possible. I live in NJ and would like to go to a Dr. who specializes in this somewhere in NY/NJ. Any suggestions? I know it's a hard thing to pinpoint but I want to go to the best so I know if it's even MS that I'm dealing with. Thank you so much...