Hi all, I know that you get a ton of these questions, so I'll try to keep it short. For about the past year and a half, my right hand has been jerking, and shakes, my dr. said it was stress and extreme tiredness (mom to three small hyper boys). But, for the past three months, I'm having problems with my speech, basically, I can't find the words, then when I find the words, I can't spit them out, then if I do spit something out, it's completely wrong. To add to that I'm having serious short-term memory problems, I have to check things numerous times, because things just don't stick. For example, our church had a pancake supper, and I was helping with the serving, getting drinks. Usually this is easy for me, just ask what they want, and go and get it. But with in a moment of them saying what they wanted, and my turning to walk away, their drink orders were gone from my mind. Also, mid sentence, I will forget what I'm talking about. Sometimes when I write, I can't get the words on paper, can't make my hand move the way it needs to move. yesterday, everything I saw looked like it was in fog, everything was extremely hazy, which is what prompted me to webmd's symptom checker, and MS came up. I had never thought of MS at all, in fact, I was still going off of the fact that I'm just plain old tired, but when I look back on it, sometimes, it is extremely hard for me to move my limbs, I mean, I do, but it takes a lot of work, and I do have pins and needles sometimes, and I have felt that vibration feeling, but not often. Could this be MS? I'm worried because I'm homeschooling my three monkeys, and my husband travels for his work, things would have to change, wouldn't they? Thoughts, please? My son has epilepsy, so I was thinking of calling his neurologist on Friday, or do I need to see another type of dr? Oh, and I'm 36.
Thank you all, and Happy Thanksgiving to those in America.
You certainly do have allot of things going on in your world~ most of them sound like enough to make me lose my mind and forget my words! But seriously, what you are describing could be ANY NUMBER of things....not necessarily MS.
As wonderful as the internet is, it can also be a real problem when you start looking for things and getting answers which only add to your stress and anxiety- so use it wisely, ok?? Dont read too much into anything. Could it be MS? Sure...it could also be anxiety, overwork and exhuastion, Lymes disease, early dementia, any number of muscular disorders or neurological disorders! See what I mean? Your symtoms dont scream of any ONE thing, but of a multitude of things which could add up to nothing more then exhaustion. And girl, sounds like you are exhuasted (even if there is a medical reason the 3 monkeys alone, would do me in!).
So, your son has epilepsy, sorry to hear that....but at least you are somwhat familiar with neurologists and neurology in general. I would definately talk to your sons doctor about his thoughts on this....and you asked should you see another doctor? In a perfect world, you should see a neurologist who specializes in MS....however, any Neuro can order MRIs, which is the first thing they'll do.....however, not EVERY Neuro is familiar with MS lesions and symtoms, so even if you get another one to order the tests, you might want to take those results to a MS specialist to get his (or her) take on what they show....lesions, can be from anything- specific to size, shape and placement is what a MS doc will look for. Lesions can be from infections, prior head trauma, a car accident...lesions, are simply scars. You are also going to need blood work, to rule out infection and deficiencies- and you might need additional tests. MS cannot be diagnosed by any one test. In fact since so many things mimic or present the same as MS- tons of tests are done, to rule out things which CAN be ruled out...and when nothing else shows up and the lesions are present, and the symptoms are there, a MS dx is given.
on the bright side, MS is manageable. And in this day and age, with the amount of drugs available, in many cases, it never progresses. Each case is individual and you never know how things will turn out- but there is hope that if you have MS, you can keep things as they are, and they wont get worse. In my 4+ years of dx, nothing has changed...but Im on a very strong MS drug called Rebif.I go to school (doctorate level) work at a very stressful job, and travel with it, have 3 kids and a needy husband who has been laid off for months! Trust me, its manageable.
let us know if we can help you more...and definately consider making a Neuro appt for yourself...it certainly cant hurt. I wish you happy holidays and strength. And, good luck with the monkeys- if your family is anything like mine, the month of December is doubly hard to deal with!!!
Holiday seasons and the approach of wintry weather (or a major seasonal change) can bring stress upon your body and neurological conditions may often present. Definitely see a neuro, preferably one who treats MS patients. They will be able to better ascertain your problems.
In 2002 at 39 years of age, my MS finally took me off the corporate management trail and placed me at home. I have home schooled two different sons and the stress that can bring. I will be part way done at the end of December; then it is off to college to chaperon my 10 year old. Cognitively it was difficult to study and stay ahead of him, but like everything God places in our path, staying true to the path brings countless blessings.
As for any impairment, for the first three years I used the DVD classes for my back-up on those days when I could not teach. We used the materials from Pensacola which are available in VHS, DVD, or now even streaming internet classroom. There are many adjustments you can make to help you maintain your home and your sons' educational advancement.
Try to get a referral from your GP or contact your local MS Association or Society for assistance in finding a reputable neurologist. Please know that if you do have MS, it is not the end of things. You can learn to live a new life with one foot on the brake to slow down when your body requires a slow down.
In the meanwhile, you are certainly in my prayers.
MS diagnosed since October 3, 1982
MS onset circa 1977
Proud to be MED FREE!
Eternally blessed and eternally optimistic!<><