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Old 07-18-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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Possible MS?

I'm 20, I'm a student, and I'm concerned that I have some symptoms of MS. I want to talk to my doctor about it but I first wanted to talk to someone before I go in and make myself look like a hypochondriac. My aunt was diagnosed with MS in her 20s but has been in remission for many years. So here's what's been going on: Throughout high school I suffered from dizzy spells that would make my legs and arms go numb and my vision would go out for a few seconds. Everyone, myself included, said it was due to my standing up too quickly but it happened at least twice a day, sometimes to the point where I would get dizzy and then open my eyes and be sitting on the floor. That stopped happening when I got to college but last summer I was hit with a headache so bad I was throwing up. During the 12 hours I had the headache I lost my ability to read and I couldn't recall basic information. I went to the hospital where I received a ct scan and was told that it was probably a migraine. Fast forward six months. I've been riding horses competitively for about fourteen years. I'm a member of my college equestrian team and I've travelled the country riding and competing. Six months after the "migraine", I went to mount my horse (something I've done probably 10000 times) and for some reason I misjudged the distance and the amount of thrust I needed and ended up on the ground. I laughed it off but from that point on I've had to have someone hold my horse while I get on because I struggle so much. I've fallen the same way three times in the last month alone. I thought it was just some kind of phobia or something I had developed but recently I've been struggling with day to day things like going down stairs and getting on escalators in the same way that I struggle to get on my horse. I've also been struggling with debilitating fatigue, to the point where I can't go to class. Today I struggled A LOT to get on the escalator and when I got home I started to think about all the weird things that have been happening with me lately and MS came to mind. Am I just imagining things or have other people experienced similar symptoms?

 
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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Re: Possible MS?

Welcome!

I think if you print off what you have just written you will not come off as a hypochondriac. My MS began when I was in high school, but I dismissed it until it hit me hard. Were you ever seen by a doctor in high school? There are a number of MS Specialists in Texas. I would start with a regular doctor to determine if your problems are non-neurogenic. If nothing can be found, then a neurologist (MS Specialist) would be able to check any neurogenic causes. You are not hypochondriac and you certainly need to be seen by a doctor before something tragic befalls you.
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