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Old 10-14-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Male, 23... Not diagnosed, going to schedule an MRI.

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Hello everyone, I'll try to keep this post relatively short, but we'll just see where it goes, I thank all of you in advance for any answers you could possibly give me. Let's begin. Let's start... at what I BELIEVE was the beginning. Or at least from when I remember the first happening of this unknown ailment.

The date is May of 2008. I've got a new job at an office. Around the end of May, I started feeling these dizzy spells, now when I say dizzy spells, I mean, kind of a can't focus, feels like I'm walking on the moon, drunk but not drunk kind of feeling. I got laid off (what can I say, crappy company) later that week, and I was back on the job hunt. From what I can remember, I was still feeling these waves of dizzy spells, but then they started to be accompanied with kind of hot spells.

A couple months go by and I've been out of work for a while, so a friend gives me a couple days at some gig, having little money left in my bank account I gladly take what I can get and jump on the hours. We're now in Late July of 2008. It's at this gig I met a girl, we began dating immediately after.

During the month of August I really don't remember feeling symptoms anymore, life was moving very fast for me, I didn't have a job, but I had a girl, and people I knew from out of town were all coming home. My social calendar was filled. Whilst dating this girl, we moved pretty quickly into the physical stuff, and it was a strange relationship. We broke up after a month, but elected to "stay friends". We tried that for another month, but one night got into a really stupid fight. That's the second last time I've ever seen her. This was in September. There was never any face to face closure.

Meanwhile during my courting of this girl, I got a new job in retail. Now I do recall a couple days before work even during August I felt a bit light headed before work, and even going to work. They promoted me pretty quickly (after about 1 week), into a better paid, full time position in the warehouse.

So now we're in September, I'm in a pretty high stress job ATM (Just due to the time of year), I'm new at it, I lost my girl... but that being said, overall I don't remember having any symptoms. Overall, physically I'm okay. And even emotionally, ya know, she meant something to me... but, we only dated a month. Life goes on.

Here's where it begins for real - We get to about mid October, and I start to feel... different, the symptoms aren't a big deal, and I just figure, weather is getting colder, my body is adjusting, no big deal. I would wake up in the morning, get these, chills, just, I'd get dressed in the morning and just feel chilly, and very unwell, like I just want to crawl back into bed. On the bus on the way to work I have huge dizzy/light headed spells, that do not go away. Officially, I have chronic symptoms and I'm getting extremely fed up with this.

I go to a Doctor in November and we start to do the broad strokes. My chest seems fine, no heart problems, I don't smoke and I do the very VERY rare toke of weed. I drink very sparingly, rarely get drunk, no real tests have been done yet to determine, what it could be, she's convinced it's stress.

As the months go by and the weather gets colder (Mind you, I'm in a warehouse where the door opens to the outside, very frequently, so the blast of cold air comes in, and out, and the temperature is always changing) I start to feel, way worse, I dont have a cough or cold, but I FEEL cold, I feel light headed, every night I just want to jump into a warm bath and kill this rotten feeling. We're now into December and I think it's definitely time to get my blood tested.

I get tested for HIV, other STD's, any abnormalities in my blood like iron, etc. and it all comes back a blank, I'm clean. Now I've got my own parents convinced from my complaining that this is all manifested in my head. I'm crazy, my friends think I'm stressed out, my doc agrees.

In December I also started seeing a Chiropractor, now this guy is a really honest guy, I know the horror stories are all there that they are cheats, etc. But anyway, I go to him, and he diagnoses me, Apparently my neck is straight as an arrow (there should be a curve in it), and the whole left side of my body is just, not fully operating the way it should, He started cracking and shifting aggressively over a couple months, and he got my neck back in place again, I now only see him once every 45 days or so. It's hard to tell if he actually DID anything towards my symptoms, but I'd love to think he helped in some way. I still believe in the medicine.

We're now into early January and I've booked an appointment to an Ear Nose Throat specialist. Now it's about this time that I've noticed, along with my normal symptoms, I have been feeling blocked up in my ears, if I put ear drops in, I get this kind of rush feeling and my lightheaded spells goes away, I'm totally convinced there's something lodged in there. I finally see the man, he looks at me for 3 minutes and shoves me out the door (in Canada he gets paid per patient a flat rate I'm assuming), I was very ****** off and am still convinced, even if the guy knows what he was doing, he couldn't even be bothered to flush my ears.

From February up to now it's been relatively the same, LIGHT HEADED as much, but more so, chills, and feelings of being extremely weak. And now I've gotten into the bad habbit of cracking the (my right) side of my jaw, and I'm trying to break the habbit, my jaw is sore, my neck is sore and I have the following symptoms:

Symptoms - Dizzy spells, hot spells, sweaty and chilly, I can feel the tingling on every bit of my skin like its irritated when im having one of these spells, like if I put on a shirt I can FEEL the irritation of putting on my shirt. When I get home from work I usually feel better, and I can jump in the bath, feel even better, get some sleep and rinse and repeat.

On the weekends, I'm always a write off, somehow I manage to feel worse. For example THIS weekend. I was feeling okay, I was sitting outside with my brother for the first time yesterday enjoying the hot weather, then I went out, I'm on the subway in a t-shirt, and all of a sudden, I'm hot, but cold, I'm sweating heavily in my armpits, I feel pressure behind my ears. I feel like a wreck.

I go home, and as I'm preparing to go out last night, I have ANOTHER shower, to try and just, wash it off, the hot shower helps, but I definitely still feel symptoms. This has become all too familiar, even writing this post now I feel a little dizzy.

So breaking it down.

I don't have an STD, I am working on my neck and body with a chiropractor, I eat well, I have good dental hygiene recently im cracking my own neck and jaw and it's become a bad habbit, I feel better after hot showers and baths. I feel mostly horrible on weekends. I work in a warehouse where there definitely is ****** air.

Could it be an allergic thing? I've never been prone to them, but I'm going to get an allergy test very soon.

Lack of sleep? I know that on a lot of nights I've only been getting 6 hours, and it's like my body has learned to only get 6 hours, but I just don't think I'd be getting chronic symptoms like this.

Stress? Who knows.

I've not been 100% in 9 months. And for the first time in my life, I've actually felt very vulnerable to an early death. And I know I sound melodramatic, my symptoms aren't some SERIOUS SERIOUS thing where it should be assumed I'm terminal or near death... but, is it too much to ask to want to be able to live a normal life?

If any of you have read this far, I commend you for having patience for my verbal diarrhea. If I can think of anything else I'll reply with it, any suggestions would be lovely.
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I wrote that back in April, on these boards in a different sub-section. It is now October 2009 and I never did an MRI... I honestly feel manageable. I feel a lot better than I did back then, and I can honestly say I never get spells as bad as I did back then... but here is the question.

I still get minor twitches of these symptoms day to day, but they aren't bad at all, and tend to go away for the most part as the day goes on...

I heard mention of MS from a relative the other day, they were telling a story of a friend, so and so having it, and living with it. I decided to check out the ms website and find out more about it... I look at the symptoms... and it all just kind of clicked... this wasn't me reading about a disease and just making up the symptoms, I'm not a hypochondriac... I fit the bill, on a LOT of the criteria. I just decided it was time, just bite the bullet, get an MRI, do what I should have done a year ago. So I've scheduled an appointment with my doctor, and living in Canada, I'll probably not get one till about 6 months later... which is okay, my life is manageable right now.

I just need to ask:

Assume I do have MS. I know everyone's symptoms are different, and bodies react differently. I just want to know if my story is making any common denominator with stories you guys have? Is the lead up to your diagnosis a horror story of losing the ability to walk? Or going half blind? Nothing that severe has happened to me... and it's been at least over a year. Or is this a very good possibility that I just "luckily" stumbled upon the very ailment that could very well be attacking me? I've read it's the type of disease that has that "comes and goes" thing...

To anyone who reads through all of this... I really appreciate it... anything you could tell me would be a positive thing.

 
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Old 10-14-2009, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: Male, 23... Not diagnosed, going to schedule an MRI.

To be honest this sounds like stress and anxiety. I have been looking into MS and what you are presenting sounds nothing more than stress getting the better of you. I'm 23, and I had far worst symptoms and once I heard and learned about MS, I began to think I had all the symptoms. After all the tests said I was fine, I accepted it. You need to ask for some medication to calm you down.

 
Old 10-14-2009, 07:49 PM   #3
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Re: Male, 23... Not diagnosed, going to schedule an MRI.

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To be honest this sounds like stress and anxiety. I have been looking into MS and what you are presenting sounds nothing more than stress getting the better of you. I'm 23, and I had far worst symptoms and once I heard and learned about MS, I began to think I had all the symptoms. After all the tests said I was fine, I accepted it. You need to ask for some medication to calm you down.
Sound like my mom. LOL...

thanks anyway, I'm usually not a hypochondriac... I never go to doctors before all this started happening to me, but I have convinced all my close friends and family I am crazy.

 
Old 10-14-2009, 09:23 PM   #4
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Re: Male, 23... Not diagnosed, going to schedule an MRI.

Taking the step to get the MRI is a good move. My MS symptom was foot-drop which I can remember started at least when I was 14. Was it before? maybe, but it became apparent in my memory at 14.

MS in the beginning can be subtle. Seeing a MS Specialist who is a Neurologist is the best move to make regarding separating stress/anxiety from MS. I would not dismiss anything because it is often the things we dismiss as nothing that can haunt us!
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Old 10-15-2009, 03:45 AM   #5
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Re: Male, 23... Not diagnosed, going to schedule an MRI.

That was quite a story and Im sorry you are feeling so lousy...but honestly, there is NOTHING in that story that sounds remotely like MS. Let that one go.....you could have a virus attacking your body, or you could have something more along the lines of Lymes which would fatigue you and give you some of the symtoms. A MRI is a good idea because it will rule out certiain things, but honestly, it wont give you a diagnosis of MS. Yes, it could show some lesions on the brain or spine, but you dont have the right symtoms...

As far as the blood tests, STD testing, etc that you had awhile ago, you should have all those repeated. Things like that should ALWAYS be repeated in 6 months because they dont always show up the first time around. Same with MRIs and lesions actually- things dont always show up right away. All tests should be repeated in 6 months..

As far as anxiety goes. You spent way too much time talking about this relationship of one month for ME to believe that this didnt freak you out. Anxiety, stress, call it what you want, but it made an impact on your life.. and, its quite posible that this affected your health negatively. I kind of have to side with the others here and say that anxiety and worrying over this is causing 99% of your problems. Those of us who live with MS daily know that what you are talking about here, ISNt MS RELATED.

Go see a good Neurological doctor, get the MRi, get tested for everything else neurological and move forward. And, stop worrying. You dont have MS. If you did, Id be totally shocked. Dont know what sites you have been reading, but you are getting some bum info....MS symtoms arent what you describe.
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Sound like my mom. LOL...

thanks anyway, I'm usually not a hypochondriac... I never go to doctors before all this started happening to me, but I have convinced all my close friends and family I am crazy.
I am living in limbo with some symptoms similar to you.
I get extremely cold at times, temperature 35C, have to have a bath or go to bed. tested for thyroid - normal.
Extremely tired, memory problems, pains and muscle spasms(put down to probable trapped nerve). I developed severe double vision last year and together with other symptoms I was convinced of some underlying cause.
GP says all symptoms could just as easily be anxiety. (except eyes which we don't know what has caused the problem) I have had an MRI which showed some bright spots in the white matter ? resticted blood flow or nothing depending which doctor I speak to.
The problem now is I am probably anxious about what is wrong but which came first ? ie. Is the illness causing anxiety or the anxiety causing illness !!!
I still feel really awful a lot of the time but have not been back to my GP because I know that he just thinks I am a hypochondriac.... It is worrying because underneath we all still worry that there could be something serious wrong.
The more I tried to explain to the doctor how I felt, the more stressed I sounded.. Which just fuelled his opinion of me.

I am feeling a little better at the moment and will probably pluck up the courage to go back soon.

Keep on at your doctors and get the MRI etc. even if we don't get a diagnosis at least things can be ruled out along the way for peace of mind. (Although in my case the doctors disagreed with diagnosis and I am in limbo....sorry!

Hope you continue to feel better and try not to worry. Whatever the cause, stress and worry does I admit intensify the symptoms even if it is not the cause.

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