I'm a 17 year old female, and I've had a horrible illness for 2 years now. No doctor can find out what is wrong with me. They've ruled out arthritis (and the rheumatoid factor), and they've checked my HLA-B27 which came back normal so unlikely to be Ankylosing spondylitis. I'm starting to get really upset and frustrated over this, because I don't know if I'm going to die young, or what I even have! I've got a whole list of symptoms, which I'm going to write too, and I was hoping if anyone here has similar set of symptoms that has MS. I am convinced I have MS, however my doctor won't send me for a brain MRI or a lumbar puncture. I'm very worried that he just thinks that I want the medication, which is NOT true as I try hard not to use any medication.. I just want to know what it is. Anyway, here's my list of symptoms, some probably don't fit, but I thought I'd put them too;
. I don't have any of the eye symptoms, but I do get random flashes of light like a camera flash going off.
. Muscle weakness in my arms and legs when I relapse.
. Stiffness and no muscle tone. Actually been told that I have virtually no hamstrings.
. Posture problems. My rheumatologist said they won't investigate more until I sort out my posture.. but I physically cannot!
. Numbness and tingling in my lower legs and arms just randomly when I can be doing anything (sitting, standing, walking etc)
. Itchyness and burning sensations in my legs. This started recently, and it sometimes keeps me awake at night.
. Sometimes I have a loss of co-ordination, especially when I'm having a really bad day. My vision dissappears, and I'll fall over but it doesn't hurt? It's weird.
. Again, balance issues and falling over. Happened in college recently, but that could have been due to the dicloflex.
. Constant IBS. Stress or excitement makes me have stomach cramps, but most of the time I only manage to go once every few weeks. I use medication to give me regularity, but it does not work.
. Anxiety - sometimes for no reason at all. I can just be walking normally and then suddenly feel peculiar.
. Sometimes I forget where I place things.
. Horrible respiratory issues. I get a tight chest and a pain just under my ribcage, near my diaphragm. Sometimes I can't breathe properly. If I twist my body, my lungs intake and exhale air without me actually physically breathing.
. Pain in my ribcage - around the front and more around the back where my spine joins.
. Cold hands and feet - My body can't actually feel them cold, but if I touch other parts of my body with my hands, I can feel the cold.
. Pain in the top of the cervical spine and lower lumbar, usually not in the middle.
. I get extremely emotional sometimes, and will laugh/cry for no reason.
. Pain from no where. An MRI and x-rays have been done on my back and it's structurally fine!
. Constant fatigue.
. Paracetamol and codeine ineffective - Needs to be anti-inflammatory.
. If I bend my head down to my ribcage, I get an electric feeling down my back. Also get this in my legs.
I know nobody here is a doctor (..at least I don't think so lol), but I really hope people read this, and say that they have something similar, so I know I'm not crazy and these aren't a bunch of random symptoms and illnesses. Thanks everyone