I have not officially been diagnosed with MS yet, but I think it's coming. I will try to not make this post super long but here is some info about me. I'm 27 and I've always had a little bit of a wacky immune system. Since I was a small child I've always battled with ongoing canker sores (horrible outbreaks). As a teenager and young adult I've dealt with anemia, chronic fatigue, bowel problems, unexplained urinary problems (I get symptoms of a UTI but then my cultures come back negative), headaches, ocular migraines, lower back pain, anxiety disorder problems, and muscle & joint pain (the pain gets so bad it feels like it goes all the way into the bone if that makes any sense, and a tingling sensation in my arms, legs, hands and feet.
A few weeks ago things started going really downhill. It started off with a horrible sore throat. It wasn't your typical sore throat because I had no other symptoms of being sick. It felt like I had small lumps inside my throat and I couldn't swallow very easily. I assumed I had strep throat or canker sores in my throat and tried to wait it out in hopes that it would heal soon. The lumps in my throat lasted about a week and then the muscle and joint pain started. I also had burning and tingling in my arms, legs, feet, and even my mouth a couple of times. It feels like pins and needles all over my skin. I've had these episodes before, but the doctors could never give me an explanation. I have also been feeling really run down and fatigued. I finally went to see a doctor on Friday, June 2nd because I just couldn't take it anymore. I just switched to a new doctor this month so Friday was the first day I've ever seen this particular doctor. When I started telling her about my symptoms she said it sounded like a virus and that she would run some blood tests and if she couldn't find anything then the next step would be to test me for MS. I was really surprised because I've never even considered that I could have MS. I've known 3 people that I've been fairly close to growing up and they had a lot of problems and complications from their MS.
Then last Tuesday while I was at work a really scary incident happened. I was sitting down at a restaurant with my clients (I work as a caregiver) and I stood up and everything started spinning 100 miles an hour. I didn't want to scare my clients so I excused myself and tried to walk to the bathroom. I felt like I was walking sideways and I was falling over into tables on my way to the bathroom. The most frustrating part was that I couldn't get the spinning to stop. I literally had no control over my body and was stumbling around like an idiot! I rounded the corner to the bathroom and completely lost my balance and took a tumble onto the floor. It took a few minutes before I could stand up because everything kept spinning. I have NEVER had anything like this happen to me before. I haven't had any other serious episodes since Tuesday, but i've still been feeling really dizzy and lightheaded all week so I went back to my doctor today.
My doctor said that all of my labwork looks great. I don't have mono or strep throat. My bloodwork didn't show anything out of the ordinary so my doc thinks that I have BPV-Benign Positional Vertigo. She wants to wait it out about 2 months before sending me to a Neurologist for an MRI. She is concerned that I may have MS because of the tingling sensation in my body.
I am really scared and don't know what to think. I have 3 children and my husband and I have been trying to conceive another baby. Do any of these things sound like they could be symptoms of MS? I really don't want to have to wait 2 months to get the MRI done but my doctor wants me to wait it out.
Anyway I just thought I'd introduce myself. Take care everyone