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Readers Respond: Which Symptom Led to Your MS Diagnosis?

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Updated December 04, 2008

MS

I am 44 y/o and I lost vision in my right eye. So far I had 3 ophtalmologists, 1 neurologist who saw me. CT/MRI/blood work was done. I am waiting for results. Within the last 10 hours I am feeling these shooting pains troughout my body. Could it be MS?
—anahan

Help me

I started two months ago with neck pains it's so bad I scream after sleeping and wake just to move once I get up and moving pain is managble there are so many more things like my fingers joints and wrist are hard to move and the same time I'm having lower back spams and leg constant movement at night before sleep. I'm sorry to complain. But my husband and I just lost our health ins. And going to pick up hopefully the same ins, we have Loy's had great ins. And his co. Let him go at 53 yrs. of age and told him they could hire 2young guys for same pay. Ok can any help me with digonas
—Guest Kim

Help me

I started two months ago with neck pains it's so bad I scream after sleeping and wake just to move once I get up and moving pain is managble there are so many more things like my fingers joints and wrist are hard to move and the same time I'm having lower back spams and leg constant movement at night before sleep. I'm sorry to complain. But my husband and I just lost our health ins. And going to pick up hopefully the same ins, we have Loy's had great ins. And his co. Let him go at 53 yrs. of age and told him they could hire 2young guys for same pay. Ok can any help me with digonas
—Guest Kim

Lyme

Have you all thoroughly ruled out Lyme disease and / or other vector borne infections as the root cause of problem / diagnosis of MS and or other diagnosis' ?
—Guest Cas

Server Pain

Had a neck fusion 2003, rough recovery , off and on over the years been dealing with the pain. However around the first of year, I came out of a surgery opposite of my problem in server pain in my left side arm ,neck , fingers numb, and left leg. seen alot of DR, bottom line after wards they say I just have to live with it, above and below surgery from 2003, is breaking down and narrowing , with pinched nerves. I am on 3 med's 3x"s a day, to manage the pain, but I find it hard to believe I seriously have to live like this , IE . Laundry and dishes and I am done, driving around for errands frighten me. what is going to eventualy happen. sometimes I belive I will awake and not be able to move . I have had many days like this. any options out there? or remedies recommended? I am 47 now and totally miserable, my life is so minimized. I am use to working all my life and now , its a huge chore to do laundry and dishes and drive for to long....
—Hburson

Is this MS?

Other symptoms I ran out of room to list. my joints hurt all the time. like I had a major workout the day before but it doesn't go away. memory problems, Sometimes whole sections of a day are missing in my memory. I mix up words in a sentence without realizing it. My hands shake and have tremors that seem to get worse when I try to grip things. I have to use a walker or wheelchair to get around but when I'm using the walker, my hands hurt or burn and my feet feel like I'm walking on rocks. I am exhausted all the time but I have trouble sleeping because I can't get comfortable with all the different sensations going on.My primary dr., pain management dr, er dr, and neurologist all have different ideas but no one has found a secure diagnosis. I'm a 36 year old mother of 4 kids, I can't spend the rest of my life in bed. I just want an answer so we know how to treat it.
—Guest Jniper

Is this MS?

I started with back pain 2 years ago, diagnosed w/ degenerative disc. Surgery didn't help. Woke up one morning paralyzed from neck down, spent week in the hospital doing therapy to be able to move again.Dr. Says its stress. 3 months later, uncontrolable shaking, dizzy, skin crawling, told it was Tardive Disconesia but that is usually facial tics and sticking out tongue. They gave me meds to stop the shaking but the warning on the bottle said do not take for Tardive Disconesia, it will make it worse. I have numbness, tingling in my ear canal and my feet. my legs, knee down, and hands and face are always swollen and puffy. Dr. says to stay in bed but it doesn't go away. I feel like I have motion sickness, dizzy, nauseated, bumping into things, feel like I'm falling. Sweat constantly, soaks my clothes and bedding. never this bad as an athlete. Sometimes arms and legs feel like they're asleep. Vision blurry and double, eyes moving fast like REM. Had ct of brain and MRI of spine, no answers
—Guest Jniper

electric shocks with no answers.

Medical field is not what I thought it is. I either go to a nice dr that doesnt look at films or nasty dr who just wants to prescribe a nerve pain medicine so she can get money. I have electric shocks, fingers, hands, stomach, pelvic, feet, back. and sensations in scalp. I had my lips twitch for half hour other day. To me Im use to unusual things. I noticed putting head down I would get a shock. I had MRI cervical mild DDD, MRI head normal, MRA is normal. No MRI of Thoracic. The neurologist I seen was so cold and uncompassionate. I told her she was too. Electric shocks in stomach from my neck. I have neuropathy in L5 was told in EMG. My last EMG said no radicul and just neuropathy. I have DDD L5. Symptoms would leave for while then come back.
—Gablog

Optic nuritus..

Just got told I have some optic nuritus., I have some vision discoloration in my left eye.. Blurry ness.. And will be going in for an MRI in two weeks to be checked for ms. He said since I don't have any other major symptoms for ms thus will be for peace if mind and to hopefulley rule it out.. I'm really worried and after reading more about ms and symptoms I feel like I can relate to some of the less major symptoms like facial pain and vertigo.. I guess just woundering if ms can start off with only minor symptoms?
—Guest Angie

No Diagnosis - just lots of symptoms

I have been having seemingly unrealted symptoms for years and am trying desperately to find out what the problem is. I have seen many doctors who do simple bloodwork and tell me everything is "normal". It all started with my legs swelling so bad that I could hardly walk and then progressed to them buzzing or humming from the knee down to and including my feet. This has become so bad and constant that I can no longer ignore it like I had been for so long. My hands and fingers do this as well as my face, mouth, tongue. I have constant vertigo and occasional blurry vision, This is very scary when it happens while driving. I am trying to get an appt with a Neurologist for now but am so scared at this point, I never know if something bad will happen at any moment. Sometimes I wonder if this is all actually "in my head" as many of the docs have implied. Any thoughts?
—scarlettjade

Terrified

My Mom was recently diagnosed with MS. We have a very similar medical history; all medical issues I have, she's had. Lately I've started dropping things, tripping, noticing tingling in my feet/hands, and experiencing numbness in the front/sides of my legs. My migraines are increasing and I'm constantly tired. My eye sight has worsened, I have the feeling that I need to urinate often, and have had moments of not being able to recall situations or names that I've just experience or heard. And I often feel when I swallow I also get the feeling my food is getting swallowed all the way. I have an appointment next week with an MS specialist to begin a possible diagnosis process, but I'm terrified. The websites I search say that most doctors can't/won't diagnose without a second episode and without ruling other diseases out. I just had my two year anniversary, my husband and I bought a house last month, we want to start a family in a couple years, and I'm about to turn 25.
—Guest Liz

Symptoms sound like heavy metal toxicity

Hi just from reading everyone's posts I see a common theme which that most of the symptoms described can mostly be traced to some form of heavy metal poisoning/toxicity i.e. mercury, lead, cadium etc. Mercury is a neurotoxin which means it attacks the nerves in the body. It can be repaired and in some cases damage can be reversed. I know someone who has had mercury poisoning and they have made an almost full recovery. I also know of people who have had MS and have done a properly chelation detox with nutritional medicine and have made recovery. Look into it, it might be the answer to help turn things around for you. Best of luck.
—Vinnia111

any answers

Can any one help me with any sort of answers,this time last year me & my partner were walking are dog for hrs at a time daily,now she can't even stand up without severe back pain,she can wake suddenly with a stabbing pain accruing any where in her body,she suffers splitting headaches,pins & needles in her right arm,walking any sort of distance is extremely painful & she is very concious as she walks very unorthodox,she has very bad bowls & wind,she is 50yrs old,I'm not trying to be an alarmist but does this sound familiar to anybody,many thks j,a concerned partner
—Guest concerned partner

thelma

Pain an heat all over never let's up legs weak arms hand an wrists weak ears hurt blurred vision. Life is hard. No enjoyment no getup an go.
—Guest thelma

Ms,pain

Im from the uk,diag ms 17 yrs, coped well till this last year,pain worse, heat humidity,really causing probs, so depressed about it all, so I understand all your comments
—Guest Liesa

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