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Old 09-28-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

I have been doing some reading and kind of stumbled on MS as a possible cause...

new symptoms in last 3 months:

1. numbness & tingling in my forearms & wrists when jogging (every time for last month). also occurs randomly but doesn't last for more than 1 hr (have it now)
2. weird chest tightness sometimes not associated with meals (PCP is treating me for reflux, and it's less often)
3. one or two dizzy episodes
4. blurry vision in one eye seems worse (only when I cover my right eye) (me eye MD says this eye always been worse..)

symptoms I've always had:

occ. electric shocks in my neck (usually tense & turning head quickly)
migraines, neck pain
urinary frequency
occ tingling on my spine, usually when washing dishes

If anyone has insight, I would be most appreciative!

 
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Welcome.

I was just about to go to bed, but did not want to leave you hanging.

If you have symptoms which last 24 hours or longer or are consistently presenting, you should make an appointment with an MS Specialist to get an answer. Often times you will start with your GP to rule out non-neurogenic causes. If the signs point to a nervous system concern, the MS Specialist can help you sort out potential problems. There are many diseases and problems which can mimic MS and there is no specific test for MS. You would need to go through a series of tests which will eliminate possible causes. Along the way you might get your answer as there are specific tests available. IF every potential cause is eliminated, a diagnosis of MS is generally made.

Go online and read about the Revised McDonald Criteria which can serve as a "map" for the diagnostic procedure.

I would start with your GP and then see about a referral as this can help you get into see an MS Specialist sooner. If your GP is unable to refer you, contact the MS Association or Society office in your area and they can assist you.

I hope you do not have MS. Please feel free to hang out here while you try to sort things out. You should know that you are not alone. Here you will find there are many who are just beginning their journey through limbo land, those who have got their answer, and those who have been walking with MS- both newbies and old guys like me! I hope you feel welcome here!
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:05 AM   #3
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Thanks so much for your reply! I will def. check that out. Planning to try and get in with my PCP this week if possible. People on this board are so welcoming

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:06 AM   #4
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

rickgray - I'm actually not having any pain/numbness in my feet - just my forearms & hands (not fingers either). I do have a neuro, but she's a headache specialist, so I'm going to try and find a MS specialist in my area (after talking to my PCP too).
thanks for the info!

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:00 AM   #5
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Hi Hopeandwander,

Welcome to healthboards. I wanted to also remind you (if you werent already aware) that MS presents like 400 other diseases....so if you were to do a symptom checker search on your symtoms, MS would come up, because it is one of the most searched diseases in the country; however if you actually did a real comparison of symptoms, youd find that MS is one of the least likely diseases for your symptoms to be .

Immediately upon reading your post, the first thing I thought of was a pinched nerve. The simple fact that you jog, might be a clue as well.....but a pinched nerve in your neck or Cspine area would cause every single one of the symptoms you mentioned except the eye issue- but you said that the doctor said this always existed, and it could be age or simply a change in perscription causing this.

I woudnt get too excited about MS at this point. THere are SO many symptoms which almost all MSers have- so many signs that things are wrong and MS is possible, you didnt mention one of those signs. Instead, your symtoms are really broad spectrum - which points towards a number of possiblities.

Please dont get too upset or anxious about this being MS until further testing is done. I do agree, finding a MS specailist is a good idea because they have seen it all, heard it all and tested it all.....you cant go wrong in the diagnostic phase, having a MS specialist do the tests.....they will also point you in the right direction if they rule out MS....but for now, Id talk to your PCP about the possiblity of getting a CT scan just to see if there is anything he can pinpoint, while you wait for the MS specialist appointment to come through- that can take 2-4 months to get.

Best to you. I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:43 AM   #6
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Though your neuro is a headache specialist, she may have colleagues in your area who chose to specialize in MS. You might also ask her if she could refer you to an MS Specialist. At the MS Clinic I go, there is a large group of neurologists with many specialties fron pediatric to Parkinson's.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Thanks again! I am so glad I found this forum!! I am seeing my PCP in an hour bc I've had numbness & tingling all day now... I'm probably jumping the gun a bit, but I am a bit paranoid! I'm a nurse & my MIL had MS. I'm also considering carpal tunnel??

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:52 AM   #8
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Carpal tunnel would be eliminated if it is not a factor. Are you paranoid? No. You are "listening" to your body and taking proactive measures. It took me 5 years to "listen" because the good Lord finally got my attention with a proverbial 2 X 6 (I was too stubborn for the 2 X 4 ). I think you are on the right path. Stay strong!
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

I've seen it other times...what does "2 X 6" means? Thanx

 
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

There is an American saying that one needs a 2 X 4 to get one's attention. That is, something big is needed to get your attention. For me, I did not pay attention to my health until I got hit by a major MS attack.

The 2 X 4 is a board which measures 2 inches thick by 4 inches wide. A 2 X 6 is a larger board (2 inches thick and 6 inches wide) and heavier, hence, it is more likely to be noticed when compared to a 2 X 4.
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

PCP agrees my symptoms are weird, but she's only really worried about the numbness & tingling in my hands... Said my exam today confirmed decreased sensation in fingertips, ESP pinkies, and that this is not carpal tunnel. However, she thinks that I do have carpal tunnel explaining the arm and hand numbness. Did say that she sees initial presentation of MS with my similar numbness & tingling. Did some bloodwork today and I have to arrange EMG. She said it's not really fun. Anyone gone through this?

Also, wondering if anyone else has presented initially with numbness & tingling on occasion for years before it actually got worse?

 
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

MSNik - thank you so much for your post. I'm so glad to have found this resource. This seems like a really supportive community

 
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #13
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

Thanks MSJayhawk - I agree listening to your body is key. I was so hoping my PCP today would say she thought I was paranoid, but she didn't. And now I'm so glad I found this forum & went to see her and try and figure out what's going on.

 
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

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PCP agrees my symptoms are weird, but she's only really worried about the numbness & tingling in my hands... Said my exam today confirmed decreased sensation in fingertips, ESP pinkies, and that this is not carpal tunnel. However, she thinks that I do have carpal tunnel explaining the arm and hand numbness. Did say that she sees initial presentation of MS with my similar numbness & tingling. Did some bloodwork today and I have to arrange EMG. She said it's not really fun. Anyone gone through this?

Also, wondering if anyone else has presented initially with numbness & tingling on occasion for years before it actually got worse?

I never had the EMG, but I know it is not fun. I was fortunate in 1982 to go into the ER where my MS Specialist was on call and dismissed carpal tunnel right away. On the follow-up visit he drew blood and arranged for me to be an in-patient for testing.

My numbness and tingling started in my fingers and within a week my right arm was useless for about the next 6 months.

I hope things go well. I am glad your PCP took an interest in your symptoms!!
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:38 AM   #15
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Re: Wondering if these are MS symptoms?

I had numbness and tingling in my left hand that lasted for about a year and a half. The doctor said I was overweight (5'7'' and 150 at the time). He said a nerve was getting pinched in my armpit. That was in 1995. I had the electrical tingling from my neck to my toes off and on for several years after that. I was diagnosed in 2011 with MS during a bout with double vision. Looking back, there were many odd things that were probably MS-related, but my doctors always had other reasons.

In 2010 - I was pretty sure I had MS - and when I listed all of my symptoms, the doctor seemed to think I was just whining. A list of little things, that to me meant something, but to the Dr, meant I was wasting her time.

Moral of the story - you have to follow your gut and pursue answers. If you feel something is awry, follow up until you are convinced you have your answer.

This is a great place to get answers and feel like you are not alone. This community will be with you as you seek your answers. I am glad I found it...

 
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