Before going in last year, there were just little odds and ends I was beginning to notice, that in and of themselves, wouldn't constitute a disabling symptom, not by a long shot, but nonetheless were becoming more noticeable. I've always been a very dexterous person, and love working with my hands, creating/building things, but had noticed that my fingers seemed to be losing their ability to feel things that were hot.
Very subtle but a wee bit alarming. (wee bit only). Like stuff on the stove that was hot, I could pick up and it didn't feel that hot. Reach to pick things up and would do it 3, 4 times in a row, constantly dropping things as if my hand didn't know they were there. This is very scary at work when you have say a 5 or 10 lb wrench in your hands, 80 feet up and there are people working on the ground beneath you. Even thinking about it gave me chills. I tried to compensate by always roping off my wrench if it was being used, or hooking it on to my harness. This of course would always result in thoughts of how in the heck can I expect to retire doing something when the very act of doing these things, dropping heavy tools and such could result in much harm to my fellow man?
Sometimes I would "test" the sensitivity in my hands and especially fingers by subjecting them to extremes either hot or cold. It was undeniable that they were losing something. Not like could mention it to neuro because I know it would warrant a shrug or two, maybe a notation on the chart and that's about it.
Anyways like I said, not exactly a disabling symptom but one more thing tossed into an increasingly overwhelming pile. This all seemed to rectify since my procedure last year, I barely if ever drop things anymore. Hot stuff feels hot, almost too hot, same with cold. Like it should.
Just one of those quirky little things I was very very happy to see gone, and at this point for good. Excellent question for the panel anyways.
RRMS Dx'd 2007, first episode 2004. Bilateral stent placement, 3 on left, 1 stent on right, at Stanford August 2009. Watch my operation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwc6QlLVtko
, Virtually symptom free since, no relap