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    Old 05-16-2015, 09:43 AM   #1
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    MS help

    Hi all
    I'm confused about Ms in general . My symptoms are
    Nov : onset of bladder probs( urgency )

    March :tingling left arm , then numbness tingling in hands and feet . Plus transient pins and needles . I also had vertigo
    April: transient twitching , plus all previous symptoms .
    May : stiff legs , very jerky . Hands numbish . Whole body buzzing
    Would I need a lot of lesions for this if I had Ms . In two months , it's affected my whole body !

    I'm concerned .

     
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    Old 05-16-2015, 11:01 AM   #2
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    Re: MS help

    highandlow89,

    There are over 400 known mimicries of MS. From your list of symptoms. you have to consider the length of presentation of each symptom. That is, of the list, are all these symptoms which lasted 24+ hours?

    In order to know if it is MS, an MS Specialist should be consulted. 5% of MSers initially present with symptoms, but without lesions. Lesion numbers are unlikely to be a factor if you have MS lesions. That is, like with real estate it is location location location rather than quantity. Also, for some people a lesion may not be readily noticeable or totally unnoticeable. Often times our bodies will circumvent the damage and literally "re-wire". This is, however, no guarantee.

    Again, please consult an MS Specialist. If you have something as simple as a Vitamin D deficiency, it is quite treatable. I chose Vitamin D as one example because 15% of patients presenting with MS like symptoms are D deficient only (some MSers can also be D deficient but are not included in the 15%).

    A few simple blood tests might provide you with answers soonest. If you have a D deficiency, then an MS Specialist would not be needed at this time. If your blood tests are all normal, then the possibility of a neurological concern would be elevated and an MS Specialist would probably be your next best move.

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    Old 05-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #3
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    Re: MS help

    Hi there
    They r all 24 hours plus for each
    Would I need a lesion for each symptom
    Thanks

     
    Old 05-16-2015, 12:51 PM   #4
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    Re: MS help

    highandlow89,

    Thanks for your clarification.

    If you have MS, you could have a lesion for each symptom or not. Location of a lesion can cause multiple symptoms as well as single symptoms. Also, if you are in the 5% group of MSers, no lesions might be present initially.

    Nothing about MS is set in stone.

    Lastly, a lesion can leave a perpetual symptom as well as no residual symptom.

    The variability of MS and how it affects each person makes it more important to consult an MS Specialist. Regardless of your various symptoms, you could still have an MS mimicry. You have to submit to the diagnostic process. Most mimicries can be identified and if they are identified during the diagnostic process, you can quickly start treatment.

    If all the mimicries are eliminated, then your doctor should assemble your objective results and compare them to the Revised McDonald Criteria. If you meet the criteria, then you should be diagnosed with MS. The process is much better than it used to be. The sooner you consult with an MS Specialist, the quicker you will get an answer. While you are waiting, your GP can run your blood tests which can save you time.
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    Old 05-17-2015, 04:51 AM   #5
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    Re: MS help

    highandlow89,
    Have you had any MRIs done? Lesions, are scars...the scars are from damage caused by the disease. MS is an autoimmune disease and it attacks the central nervous system, (eyes, spine and brain). In an MRI, the damage shows up as white spots, called lesions.

    You would not necessarily need lesions to cause these symptoms, because these symptoms are not necessarily MS.

    MS mimics 400 other diseases. No two cases of MS are exactly alike- and the only way to rule it out, or diagnos it, is to see an MS specailist and have the correct testing done.

    To find out more about how they diagnos it, you should read up on the revised McDonald criteria. All doctors use this for MS.

    I hope this helps.
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