Re: Could it be??
Hi there. First of all, dont panic. MS wont kill you...and secondly and more importantly, youre not describing MS symptoms exactly.....some of them are- but muscle jerking, isnt really.
MS is a disease of the central nervous system. It can affect the brain, eyes and spine....the only way to even begin to find out if you have it is by having a MRI, and even that isnt 100% for sure. Sometimes, lesions do not show up until they are "bigger" and they are missed on the MRI.
The eye issues could be related to MS, but they dont sound right....MS related eye issues are optical Neuritis, which is inflammation of the optic nerve, extremely painful and usually color blindness is associated with it.
The numbness you describe could be a MS symtom, however numbness in MS patients is almost always in the hands or feet- or face. Not usually in an area like you describe, although anything is possible.
Since you dont have insurance, and the tests are very expesnive, the only thing I would suggest is contacting your local MS society and talking to one of the counselors there- seeing if any testing is done in your area by MS specialists at reduced rates or sliding scale basis. Being that you are a mom with 3 kids, I really hope you are in the process of applying for some state aid, and insurance. That, more then anything, should be your first concern!
I dont mean to offend you in anyway, but Tourettes doesnt sound right, neither does MS. have you considered Lyme diease? That can cause some of the symtoms you describe...also, plain old infection can cause some of the symtoms. If you can get to a clinic and get some blood work done, you might consider doing so....You need to start somewhere, and unfortunately, we cant diagnos you here...but we can suggest where to get help.
I really hope you feel better soon. If worse came to worse and it was MS, you would absolutely positively need insurance, BEFORE THE DIAGNOSIS, because once you have a pre-existing condition, youre going to be having huge problems for the first year of a new policy (since you dont already have an existing one), and MS meds are close to 2500$ per month....
Feel better soon and remember anxiety can make you feel worse and bring on symtoms- so please start with a clinic and get some assistance!
RRMS- dx 05