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    Old 01-09-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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    Presenting MS symptoms?

    Hello! I am hoping somebody can read my list of symptoms and tell me whether or not they think this is MS from their own experience and knowledge. I have been to the neurologist, who gave me a test in his office but said he didnít think it was MS, but sent me for a brain MRI to check. I went for the MRI but could not go thru with it due to severe claustrophobia. How does anybody get thru them? They are horrible..like a torture chamber! Anyway, so I ended up scheduling an MRI with sedation so I will be completely knocked out! I really hope I donít have MS so I wonít have to get another MRI in my life. Anyways, here are my symptoms, please let me know if you think they sound like MS:

    Severe cognitive issues (brain fog, confusion, canít think clearly, feeling spaced out and forgetful), right-sided head and skull pain, vision weakening in right eye, weakness and migrating pain in legs, major fatigue, bouts of dizziness where I feel like I am going to fall or faint but I donít, muscle twitches all over, restless legs, and to top it all off I have a very overactive bladder and a dry mouth. Any thoughts or opinions are appreciated. Thanks!!

     
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    Old 01-09-2012, 01:43 PM   #2
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    Re: Presenting MS symptoms?

    Welcome.

    Do your symptoms persist/continue for long periods? Did the neuro check for your Babinski reflex? Believe it or not, this simple test is an important neurologic test. If the big toe goes up, that may mean trouble. Keep in mind- MAY mean trouble.

    The MRI with sedation is helpful. If lesions are not visible on a head and cervical image, ask for a VEP.

    Could it be MS? Yes-no-maybe...... it is simply too difficult to know. If your neuro is an MS Specialist, then you are on the right path. There are over 400 diseases which can present with MS like symptoms. Lyme disease, Vitamin D deficiency, Fibro.....a blood workup will pinpoint or exclude many of the diseases.

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    Old 01-09-2012, 03:02 PM   #3
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    OK, thanks. As for the Babinksi test, if that is something that the neurologist would do as part of his routine tests in his office then yes he did do that and I guess I must have passed it, not sure. I will do it on myself tonight and see if my big toe goes up. Scary stuff..I have 2 little kids to take care of so I hope this is not MS..but I feel like it is.

     
    Old 01-09-2012, 04:21 PM   #4
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    Re: Presenting MS symptoms?

    The Babinski reflex is not a definite test because some people will curl down and still have MS. I call it the foot scrape! My toes have pointed up since 1982 when I had my first visit with the neuro.

    I had no children in 1982. In 2002 when I had to take disability, I had a 12 year old and a 3.5 year old at home. They both came through without a problem. I was pretty much using a power chair at the time, but we could still do a lot. I am no longer in a power chair unless I am at my desk and napping in it. Now my boys 21 and 13 (in a week) are both at the university and I am there most every day with the youngest. MS is not fatal. For me, after a 20 year career, I adjusted to being a homeschool teacher and now I am a chaperone. God blesses us abundantly. You have nothing to fear. As long as you are "there" for your little ones, you will be a blessing to them and their future.
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    Old 09-23-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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    Re: Presenting MS symptoms?

    Kimberly, I have many of your same symptoms. Did you ever get a diagnosis?

     
    Old 09-24-2012, 10:47 AM   #6
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    Re: Presenting MS symptoms?

    Hi there..no..I never got a diagnosis. I went for a closed brain MRI and it came back clear (thank goodness), so my neurologist told me it was definitely not MS as they would have seen something in the MRI. I am 39 years old so I would think there would have been something there if I had MS. I am on thyroid medication so maybe it has to do with that. My symptoms have sort of gone away although I still have migrating leg pain occassionally but it doesn't last long. I don't know what else to do but just live with it.

    Have you had an MRI or gone to a doctor about your symptoms??

     
    Old 09-24-2012, 12:22 PM   #7
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    Re: Presenting MS symptoms?

    Getting dx with MS is crappy, however, if you are having all of these issues, (for me) it was such a relief to get a diagnosis & know what the heck was going on with me. I have two small children also, I have decided not to tell them of my diagnosis right now, they would just worry. Knowing that I am now on meds to hopefully prevent further damage is a comfort. I do not live symptom free (that would be nice), because I do live a stressful life. I have lessened my stress level & have it worked out to where my day ends earlier. Good luck with whatever it turns out to be.

     
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