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Old 01-22-2010, 06:28 AM   #1
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Hello.

Last Friday I've got a mild dizzy bout during a meal, which was followed by some clumsiness on my right hand.

I didn't took it seriously because I have Inner Ear issues(Right Inner Ear Weakness is my DX), and also because I powered up my daily workout which I started this year, and which consists of 25 minutes on the elliptical bicycle, followed by some 5-7 minutes walking and some final push ups.

I drove home feeling uneasy and unsteady, again nothing new with my inner ear stuff, and I felt better from that. But after some 45 minutes standing up, I felt that my right arm, from my hand up to my elbow, was tingling on touch. Not like when you sleep over your arm and it's numb, it was more like a tingling. I could feel this sensation when I touch or rub the zone.

This was a localized sensation, neither my face nor my leg seemed affected. I did felt a little bit tired and dazed, so I went to sleep.

Next morning I didn't felt the tingling so much but instead some weakness and clumsiness, that I noticed while I was taking a shower and then as I was using a head dryer.

This was again very localized on my right arm, but with an extra symptom which felt like a little weakness in my right leg, exactly when I felt this on my arm(specially when I used the dryer). I also felt some sparse tingling over my arm, in my face and leg, but much more milder, not so clear, and not constant.

Almost all of my symptoms are felt in bouts(episodes), which are both spontaneous, but mostly noticeable with the use/motion of my arm or body. This bouts are more noticeable in the morning, when I wake up.

I have to say that the weakness seems to be quite relative as I wrestle both my arms, and they feel equally strong, or with little difference between then whatsoever, same thng goes for my legs.

This weakness felt more when I carried stuff, or squeezed things with my right hand, but it has receded a lot. Nevertheless I still feel some tingling specially when I woke up, some days(like today) it felt like a mild electrical impulse both on my leg and arm.

I've been waking up like clock work at 7 AM, and keeping up my workout almost daily(with no special trouble enduring it), but I did feel this stuff again, milder, and specially when I wake up. Three days now I've felt a little heat sweating and as I roll I feel generally uncomfortable, "weird", like id I don't feel right lying down in bed.

I also felt some localized aches in my head, again never too strong to take special notice, still I'm on a full week now with daily symptoms.

They come and go, and as I've said, are specially noticeable in the morning, mostly the tingling which I ocassionally feel on my other side(right) too, and in some parts of my face(very mild in tiny spots), much less the weakness and mental fogginess, but I still feel a little "weird".

Finally, I noticed that this days I woke up with my throat and mouth completely dry, where I believe I'm breathing through my mouth all night.

This is not new to mee because of my allergic condition, but in the past I woke up coughing, this time I sleep all night until 7 am, and wake up with the dry mouth. This last week specially.

This is why I wanted to ask to the more experienced people in here for advice on this matter. On my background: My father had a brain stroke, I do and my family has a large history with circulatory problems, none with MS tough. Obviously TIA has crossed my mind too, but I've read that those symptoms are sudden, stronger, and they don't usually come in bouts.

I'm a 40 yr old male, with no prior trouble with this, I went to a cardiologist(friend of the family), for a check up(ECG included), and I came up fine. Blood tests almost normal with high cholesterol levels(first time ever for me) but the doc didn't gave me medication, just diet.

My BP is mostly in range with some 140/90 peaks here and there. Teen migraineur, today I just have a migraine episode once a year or less.

My only two chronic conditions are allergies(all my life), and the inner ear stuff since 2006. I do have to add that I've been under a lot of stress lately and I'm not in the most relaxed people list by a long shot.

I don't have a lot of money and with no medical insurance, I have to wait months with the social security for an specialist appointment, or pay for one just if it's necessary.

So that's why I'm looking first for advice, and I thank you a lot for it in advance.

Cheers!

PS

Stress is way up both before(laboral issues), and specially since Friday...

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Old 01-22-2010, 01:12 PM   #2
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Re: Advice

you said you went to a cardiologist- was this SINCE this latest episode? I pray it was, or else you need to get to an ER now, and rule out a stroke or TIA. Your symtoms are extremely consistent with this...

Your troubles are not MS. MS doesnt present the way you are describing, although a trip to a neurologist wouldnt be a bad idea- however without insurance the first thing he is going to order is a MRI to check your brain....

I wish you well and pray you have been checked out since this started. Your symtoms are very consistent with a stroke my friend....assuming you were checked out, the next step is a Neurologist.

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Old 01-22-2010, 02:18 PM   #3
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Hello.

Thank you for your response.

I went to the cardiologist two days ago, my initial onset was a week ago, because I woke up with the upset I've described, not so much on headache or weakness, but much more on heartburn and nausea.

I did mentioned that I felt my arms numb and tingling, but he just took my BP, a little high but in range, ECG normal, anf gave me baby aspirin for prevention, but nothing else really.

I'll try to get a neuro-appointment, just to be at ease. I honestly don't feel worse, but I don't feel quite ok yet, and even if this is just anxiety, it's realy consuming my mind.

Thanks for all, I'll keep you posted.

 
Old 01-22-2010, 04:17 PM   #4
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Im glad to hear you went to the cardiologist. Im sure he had his reasons if he didnt give you a stress test or other necessary tests to check your heart...an ECG or EKG is usually used to rule out heart attack, but not a stroke...I stil think a trip to a Neurologist is in order...it doesnt sound coronary, but more neurological.

i do wish you the very best...and yes, please do keep us updated.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:44 PM   #5
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Hi Nikky.

Lovely from you to follow up with my case.

Tried to get a quick ER-Neurology evaluation through a government hospital, but they didn't take me, I believe they wanted me unconscious or worst.

I'll save you all the surreal details about the local(mexican) health care system, I'd probably die and resurrect before I can get a specialist appointment.

The thing is that without a medical coverage(I work on my own), It's almost out of my league to pay for a neurologist, and here they also tend to milk you money for nothing, again I'll spare you all those details too.

I forgot to mention that the cardiologist gave my a baby aspirin(100 mg) daily, for prevention, but didn't say anything else, just that I should get to my PHD, for cholesterol control.

I'll try to see If I can get someone to evaluate me this next days, taking my daily aspirin and praying for the best .

I must say that the symptoms come and go, sometimes I feel quite allright, but sometimes I feel awful. As this symptoms are something completely new to me, and because of my family's history with this condition, I have plenty of reasons to worry.

Add the stress of a huge business presentation next Monday, and you do the math of how I'm feeling right now.

Hope I can get a neurologist appointment soon, or in the worst case scenario, I hope It's just stress and anxiety...

I'll keep you posted, and again, thank you very much for your support.

 
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I actually do know quite a bit about the Mexican health system, and Ill spare YOU the details! But baby aspirin wont hurt you...its given to basically thin the blood and keep you from having heart issues...not a bad place to start. Im sorry that you are having so many issues. I pray that it IS anxiety related and that youll feel better after your big presentation! I know that feeling, in my job, I deal with High Level Administrators and quite High Level Contracts! Im also doing my doctorate in Business, and the pressure is always on....not to mention, I have MS! So, I get it and feel for you.
Im sure you know that there are plenty of things you can do to relieve stress and anxiety, without a doctor...take it easy for the next few days on that workout routine. Sometimes, walking, or doing low impact stuff is more stress relieving then heavy weights....dont overdo it and exhaust yourself or it will be a vicious cycle for you. Try watching a good movie, or reading something low key....anything to take your mind off Monday.
And, with that- Ill stop talking about it!
Be well.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:22 AM   #7
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Hello, I am new to this site but have read your post and felt I should reply. Why? well because of your sign on name as I am interested in the stars and then because you mention as you aren't a millionaire cheap help is good. The best thing I ever did was for free and that was to meditate, 15-20 mins every day, soon I became more aware of my thoughts and actions and started to control life in a more beneficial way. Stress for me was a big influence on symptoms so a less stressfull life equaled less symptoms. Simple as!...good luck Bong

 
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Hi Liz

Thanks for the input.

It's curious that no matter how anxious or stressed we are, and no matter how sometimes this anxiety and stress might be the clear cause of our many woes, we nervous people still search for some other, usually catastrophic, answer.

Even with some great support from in and out the boards, I'm still struggle to ease my mind, and every new or recurrent symptom, equals a new search through the diseases. This is something I'm trying to eradicate from my behavior.

That's why I'll post a simple Q/A for the people with real experience in this stuff ALS/MS, for many others to feel at ease, instead of thinking ugly all the time. Knowing that almost none of us(the nervous people) are going to read and agree with something like "It's Stress/Anxiety/Vitamin B deficiency", to name a few of the more common "little more benign" options that we never want to accept.

I'd post this based on my own experiences and fears, which, from what I've read is shared with many of the people reading this boards, specially the ones that are not yet diagnosed.

Hope it helps.

Thanks to everyone, I'll keep you posted.

 
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