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Old 08-18-2011, 09:17 AM   #1
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First Symptoms - How long will they last?

Hi Everyone,

This is my first time here. I'm a 42 year old male and I HAVE NOT been diagnosed with MS or anything else. I have a family history of MS (4 uncles on my father's side and now my sister). I suspect that my current symptoms are leading me down the path of an MS diagnosis but it's just a gut feeling and nothing a doctor has told me.

For the past 3 weeks I've been experiencing increasing frequency of numbness and tingling in both of my arms and both of my legs. At first it came and went but for the past week it has been constant. For the past week my legs have been falling asleep frequently and I've started to get an aching pain both of my arms from my shoulders down to my wrists.

I've had my first doctors appointment and he's started down the road of eliminating other causes. From what I understand from reading this and other forums, I'm probably in for a long road before any diagnosis is forthcoming.

I've had other symptoms over the years that I'm now starting to wonder if they are related...

- I've been tired for the past 15 years (all the time). I've always shrugged this off as a result of my working too much.
- Every so often I get an electric jolt type feeling from my shoulder down to my feet. Again, just wrote it off.
- Every so often I get a constant urge to urinate even when I'm on empty.

I'm not jumping to conclusions but I am preparing myself.

My question is to anyone that has experienced the numbness/tingling in their arms and legs. How long can I expect this to last? That is, how long can I expect this episode of it to last? I've read differing accounts from people stating days, to weeks, to months.

Thanks for any feedback,

BAF

 
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:38 AM   #2
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Re: First Symptoms - How long will they last?

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My question is to anyone that has experienced the numbness/tingling in their arms and legs. How long can I expect this to last? That is, how long can I expect this episode of it to last? I've read differing accounts from people stating days, to weeks, to months.
You have already answered your own question

MS symptoms as well as relapses can last days, weeks, or months. Sometimes symptoms can be permanent or come and go. The various time frames is different for everyone.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:40 AM   #3
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Re: First Symptoms - How long will they last?

Welcome.

Because of your familial connection, you might reference your sister's situation as to possible length of symptoms, but you have to know that a person's symptoms can be short or long. You could certainly have been shrugging of symptoms for the past 15 years. Without a proper evaluation, your question is difficult to answer. You need to have a neurologist who specializes in MS check you out.

I certainly hope you do not have MS.
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Re: First Symptoms - How long will they last?

HI and welcome. Im sorry you are going thru this and I hope you get the answers you need. The first thing I would be asking if the doctor is starting to rule things out is "when can I have a MRI?". The MRI of the spine and brain will certainly give the doctors alot to work with....make sure they do it with contrast, because this will show if you have active lesions at the time of the test.

Unfortunately you wont like my answer. I woke up 6 years ago with numb/ tingling hands and fingers.....because it didnt go away on its own, I went to my general doctor who thought Pinched Nerve in my shouler...he sent me for a CT scan. That test showed abnomalities and a Neurologist was called in...2 hours later I had a MRI and less than 2 hours after that I was told they suspected MS.....over 50 lesions and it left little doubt. I did confirm with a MS specialist, I did go thru every other possible test, but within 72 hours they were positive it was MS...by the way, my hands and fingers have NEVER Returned. They are still numb and tingling. Im told its permanent nerve damage. I live with it.

I hope things get better for you. There are things like IV Solumedrol which might help you, but not if you wait too long...be aggressive in your quest for answers, you already know what your family deals with, this should give you the "right" to demand some answers...
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Old 08-19-2011, 05:56 PM   #5
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Re: First Symptoms - How long will they last?

Hi,
I have had symptoms last as little as a few seconds up to a couple of days. I have a milder form, but this has been my experience.
Also, like you said, you are already aware that it varies greatly from person to person. Unfortunately there is no standard for this.

 
Old 08-19-2011, 06:00 PM   #6
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Re: First Symptoms - How long will they last?

Hi,
I have had symptoms last as little as a few seconds up to a couple of days. I have a milder form, but this has been my experience.
Also, like you said, you are already aware that it varies greatly from person to person. Unfortunately there is no standard for this.

 
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