The neurosurgeon I went to after finding out that I have two bulging cervical disks that are pressing onto my spinal cord thinks that I might have MS, because of the symptoms I have that aren't likely related to what they found in my neck (that have had me bouncing around doctors for the past year), and because of a lesion that showed up on my spine in one of my MRIs. It turns out that my primay also independently thought (but didn't say?!?) that it could be MS. So my next appointment is with a neurologist for yet another round of tests, which I already understand may not be conclusive, so I could be in this limbo of "I might have MS" for a while.
I'm not going to try and guess or presume the outcome, which quite honestly I'm praying turns out that I do not have MS, thought I'll deal with it if I do. But I do want to learn as much as I reasonably can about MS in general, and my body with it's collection of whacky symptoms in particular. I am NOT trying to diagnose myself or get an online diagnosis - that's why I'm seeking out the best doctors available to me. But I do have questions that I'm not finding clear answers to in my research, so I'm hoping that others who are on this journey might help.
My first question is, can MS be responsible for SI joint pain, sciatica, and low back pain? If so, are those treated any differently than they are for a person who does not have MS? Nothing has responded significantly to traditional therapies (PT, exercises, meds, adaptations) and in fact it's gotten worse' starting as what felt like tightness/discomfort in my SI joint, then pain in the SI joint area, then pain down my leg (sciatica), than low back pain on both sides. I totally don't want to presume that I have MS but if I can figure out a way to address this pain by taking the approach that is rooted in MS, that will dramatically improve my overall quality of life. FYI my leg on that side has been weak, "heavy,"' tingly, and in pain from very tight muscles/tendons since just before this all started, about a year ago.
If you made it this far reading, bless you and thank you! Brevity is not my strong point, especially at 2am and about something that is heavy on my mind.
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on Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:44 am, edited 2 times in total.