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Old 03-11-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

Hi I am terrified, as in I have convinced myself I have something terrible wrong with me and can't see my future....
Here's why...
A week ago, I stepped out of my chair and couldn't walk. There was no pain involved but my legs would not support me. I have never been so scared in my life. I crawled to get help, who then helped me to my bed. I was overcome with fatigue and fell asleep (very unlike me, normally full of energy, I run every day and have always kept fit and healthy) I stayed in my bed, this happened at 4.30 on a wednesday. The next day on the Thursday I could walk around again but then by 11.30 it returned and had to have food etc delivered to my bedside. I was admitted to hosptital on the Friday, still unable to walk, every so often I would be able to take a few steps again, but then my legs would go again at one point I found it very difficult to speak and get my words out, this passed within a minute. I must stress I have experienced NO PAIN, just the practical inability to walk. PLEASE PLEASE HELP. I am desperate, I want to live my life again. I am a go getter and have dreamed all my life of doing good things in the world. I want this to go away. It is a week since this happened but it also happened earlier on in the year in December but my family told me it was because I had had low blood sugar, when I went to sleep after it happened (I was also overcome with fatigue) I felt much better when I woke up so I dismissed it.
If anyone has any idea what is wrong with me, please tell me, I am terrified that I have ms. I am only 18 and at a crucial point in my life I need some answers.
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Old 03-11-2010, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

Welcome. I hope your doctors can determine what is happening.

I was 14 when my MS showed up, but I did not know it was MS until I was 19. Right now you should be concerned, but you should try to avoid the stress and anxiety which can cause MS like symptoms.

Make sure your doctor is a neurologist who sees MS patients. Make sure the doctor follows the McDonald criteria and prepare yourself for all the requisite testing.

Keep coming here with any and all questions you might have. MS does not mean your life ends. A rich and rewarding life is still available if you want it. In the meanwhile, I will keep you in my prayers.
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Old 03-12-2010, 01:01 AM   #3
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Re: Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

Hi thank you for your response. What were your first symptoms? The doctor said there was nothing to worry about, the physician did a neurological examination and said he found nothing but I couldn't walk for a few days! That is worrying... surely? I jogged for ten minutes yesterday to test my legs and they were fine.. how can this muscle weakness come and go like this? I am having an mri scan on sat.
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Due to the length of the symptom, the doctor moved you into the probable MS category. For me, my first recollection was foot-drop. I have been as long as six months unable to walk, too. It is important to realize that it is not our physique that defines us as a person.

Even now, it has been over a year since my left leg started dragging along. My service dog pulls me across campus as I escort my son to college each day. I drive with hand controls. Dwelling upon the inability to move an appendage only leads to worry and stress which can cause further problems.

The lesions can interrupt the electrical message from your head to your legs, but the connection, in your case, has been re-established because the damaged insulation has scarred over. The connection will never be as good as the original nerve insulation, but you can still enjoy life.

On days when your legs do not work, try the pool. I was powerlifting for many years with MS. I took the necessary steps to stay safe. If you are running, keep running, but keep in mind that you need to watch your exhaustion which can leave you with problems for recovery. You might consider getting a partner to run with you. I was out running with my Marine Corps platoon when my right arm stopped working and my legs stopped in 1982. That was my last serious run. Nowadays I am content to have my service dog walk me as fast as I can go, but there are days when the distance between classroom buildings seems too far. On those days I slow down.

It is hard to give up the "rush" you get from a brisk workout. I have a passive Exercycle too. I get a "rush" but not like I had when powerlifting. Still, I do not dwell on what I could do; I dwell on what I am able to do.

It is important to avoid falling into a "pity-party" where you are the only guest. On days when I just cannot do anything, I do nothing but rest. I try to assign goals to obtain. I make sure the bar is low enough to reach on bad days and then as I get better, I raise the bar.

Are your running days over? Hardly, in my opinion. Running does not define you. Though I do not know you, I dare say that it is your heart and mind that define you. My body does not work and has not worked like I want, but I am still a Dad and husband. Do not corner yourself into having your appendages define you.

I am keeping you in my prayers.
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Old 03-13-2010, 08:51 AM   #5
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Re: Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

Thanks.. but I still don't understand, when my legs go weak, I feel no pain, even stranger I can kick them backwards up to my bum and sometimes this stops the weakness and I can carry on walking normaly, i don't understand how this can happen?

Thank you for your help.
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Re: Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

The complexities of the bodies nervous system is hard for even doctors to fully understand. Sometimes when my legs do not work when I am seated, they work when I am standing. Sometimes it is the other way around. Sometimes if I close my eyes, I cannot take a step unless I open my eyes and look at my legs. Our bodies are complicated and our nervous systems can vary from person to person (slightly). Perhaps when you change positions your "neuron messenger" is able to complete its journey.
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Old 03-15-2010, 12:36 PM   #7
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Re: Do I have Ms... 18 year old female v v scared

Also my mri scan came back clear... I just have no idea what is wrong with me..

 
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A clear MRI can mean that you are early in your MS. You should repeat the MRI in 6 months. A clear MRI does not negate a diagnosis of MS. If your doctor is basing a diagnosis solely on the MRI, you should find another doctor.
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