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    Old 01-29-2016, 07:48 AM   #1
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    Hello to everyone,

    If you don't mind, I am looking for some feedback on my situation. I am very anxious and scared.

    3 years ago I started to feel a divide down the center of my body where my right side felt 'different' than my left. It included pulled muscles in my right side, twitching and cold extremities. I saw a neurologist and had an MRI but was told that it was just the 'physiological make up of my body' and how my body reacts to stress. (I'm a very anxious person). Years have gone by, my right hand has always stayed cold and I experience the odd pulled calf muscle but nothing has been debilitating at all. Within the last 4 months, I had had difficulty swallowing, sore throat and hoarse voice which won't improve, heaviness in my right arm and leg with NO weakness, and I cannot sleep through the night as my right thigh twitches, my right calf aches and my fingers and foot on my right side tingle.

    I have scheduled an appointment with my Dr. but in the meantime I am wondering if anyone else has experienced similar symptoms? I am convinced I have MS.

    Thanks for listening.

     
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    Old 01-29-2016, 01:12 PM   #2
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    Hi Hank 16,

    No one can tell you definatively that you dont have MS, since MS presents so many different ways; but I will tell you that most of the symptoms you mentioned, are not MS symptoms. And, the most common MS symptoms, you didnt mention!

    MS is a neurological disease- an autoimmune disease. It affects the nerves, not the muscles- and the disease takes place in the central nervous system; the eyes, the brain and the spine.

    You stated that you are a nervous person. Actually, anxiety could be responsible for all the symptoms you mentioned...anxiety is a very real disease and needs to be treated.

    I personally would not be thinking MS based on what you told us. I would be looking at something completely different; there are over 400 diseases which present like MS and have similar symptoms. This being said, I am still not saying you do, or dont, have MS. Only a MS specialist or a Neuro with alot of experience in MS can put you through the testing you will need to go through to diagnose or rule out MS.

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    Old 01-29-2016, 06:31 PM   #3
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    Hank16,

    Welcome.

    You shared that you are nervous and have anxiety. Over the years stress, worry, anxiety can build to a point where it overwhelms your tolerance limits and present with MS like or even those symptoms you shared. Even IF you have MS, you must control your anxiety. Uncontrolled anxiety for MSers can debilitate rapidly or can worsen existing symptoms.

    Your doctor can check your blood to see if you have any vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Vitamin D is a statistically large variable. Magnesium and/or Calcium can adversely affect muscles too.

    If you believe MS might be in play, arrange to see an MS Specialist. Your regular doctor can do your initial blood tests. Even if you sought an MS Specialist tomorrow, they might start with your anxiety control in order to better ascertain if you have symptoms continue after the anxiety is controlled.

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    Old 01-31-2016, 08:36 AM   #4
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    MSNik and MSJayhawk,

    Thank you both for your feedback; it has truly helped me feel better.

    My anxiety is certainly in play, MS or not, and I am working on keeping it under control. My doctor has me on medication and I have been meeting with a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioural therapy, but up to this point my anxiety is still winning.

    I recently had a complete blood work done and my doctor didn't tell me anything was not right, I also went to the eye doctor to get my eyes tested as they haven't felt right and they was no issues. That being said, the tests weren't looking for ms issues as I didn't have that fear yet. Would an eye exam be able to spot ms related problems?

    A few other issues I am dealing with:

    - my skin is ITCHY all over the place and any cream won't get rid of it.
    - I went to the emergency room a few weeks back with what was probably an anxiety attack but I am thinking it may have been a 'ms hug' as it was tightness across all of my chest. Does anyone know how the hug usually feels or presents itself?
    - I am still dealing with tingling and numbness in my right foot, top of my mouth, right hand and right side of my neck..

    I live in Canada so seeing an MS specialist will take probably 6-8 months which isn't great for someone with anxiety.

    Thanks for listening. I am very glad I found this message board, you guys are awesome!

     
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    Old 01-31-2016, 12:12 PM   #5
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    Hello Hank16,

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    I went to the emergency room a few weeks back with what was probably an anxiety attack but I am thinking it may have been a 'ms hug' as it was tightness across all of my chest. Does anyone know how the hug usually feels or presents itself?
    What is referred to as the "MS hug" is muscle spasms of the intercostal muscles. This as well as any other symptom is not exclusive to MS. Many other conditions, medications and mental health issues can cause the same type of symptoms as those seen in MS.

    Since you went to the ER and nothing was found and you do deal with anxiety, anxiety is probably the cause for the tightness you were feeling. Anxiety can certainly cause chest tightness, difficulty breathing and chest pain. That's why the ER sees so many people that come in believing they are having a heart attack but ends up being due to anxiety.

    An eye exam can detect problems with the eyes that includes some of the problems MS can cause. Your eye exam was normal which would mean more than likely MS is not the issue.

    Has your Physician done a Neurological exam? Neurological type symptoms should be investigated with MS as a possibility. If the person has a normal Neurological evaluation/exam it is highly doubtful that the person has MS. You simply cannot have Neurological symptoms from MS and have a completely normal Neurological exam.

    Itchy skin this time of year is quite normal. It can be difficult to find a cream or lotion that helps. Trial, error and consistency is needed when trying to treat itchy winter dry skin.

    I would suggest you see a Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist to treat your anxiety. A Psychiatrist is a MD and can prescribe medications. A Psychotherapist can help you with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for better control of your anxiety. With their help you very well may see an improvement in your symptoms.

     
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    Hank16,

    MS caused symptoms, if you have MS, are usually those which persist for 24+ hours. Anxiety can mimic these succinctly and can be difficult to differentiate.

    Rather than just a psychologist, a psychiatrist or even a neuro-psychiatrist might be of greater benefit to you. These are MDs who can prescribe medication. While some people do quite well with oral counseling, others need medication. The majority, however, do best with a balance of oral counseling and meds which is customized and adjusted to work with the individual patient. If your current therapy is unable to help you control your anxiety, you would certainly benefit from a fresh set of eyes to determine if adding meds at a certain dosage can help you.

    Exercise programs might also be considered as exercise releases chemicals produced in our brain which have a benefit. This is were an MD (Psychiatrist or neuro-psychiatrist) can really help in case your brain has a chemical balance concern. If your chemical producing regions are not getting the proper electrical signals, it might cause you problems. MS and other neurological maladies can certainly interrupt electrical stimuli which could leave a person is the same position you find yourself.

    I would not discouraging you from getting on the proverbial waiting list to be evaluated by a psychiatrist or neuro-psychiatrist while you wait to see an MS Specialist too. There should be a solution available to meet your needs.
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    Old 02-02-2016, 09:46 AM   #7
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    I live in Canada too, and the original neurologist's appointment was going to take 8 months. But my family doctor got me on the wait list which got me in much faster. But in the meantime explore other options. Get a copy of your bloodwork so you can review it yourself.

     
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