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MS diagnosis ?

Postby Leapple » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:31 am

Hello all :)

I need some help navigating the medical world. As of 3 weeks ago I have had consistent "pins and needles" in my left leg and foot, right foot and palms of my hands, cramping in my right foot, shakey hands. Dr have worked me up for everything under the sun, except MS. They say I'm too young (27) and its most likely anxiety so take some Xanax (which doesn't help). I've never had anxiety prior to this. My symptoms don't wax and wane, the only time I feel relief is when I walk around the tingling isn't as noticeable. (laying or sitting is do uncomfortable)

How can I press for an MRi or a neuro consult? I don't see anyother explanation for these symptoms :(

Thanks for any advice or thoughts
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Re: MS diagnosis ?

Postby Rose99 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:14 am


Sorry to hear that your doctor is not taking you seriously and investigating this further. I suggest you get a second opinion and go to another doctor!! Even though what you describe is common with MS, it may well be a symptom of something else. Fingers crossed it is nothing serious!!

all the best
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Re: MS diagnosis ?

Postby MarkLavelle » Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:19 am

If your PCP won't refer you to a neuro, ask to see a physiatrist. They'll look at your sx from a mostly physical perspective (and the sx you mention could be caused by nerve pincihing), but will also refer you to a neuro if they don't find a physical cause. ... trist.aspx

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Re: MS diagnosis ?

Postby Titah » Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:59 am

You are not too young for MS. Children are being diagnosed with it now. Demand an MRI and a referral to a neurologist. Remember doctors work for you. If this fails then contact an MS clinic and see what they can do for you. I hope it is not MS but you need to rule it out.
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Re: MS diagnosis ?

Postby methodman » Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:43 pm

Agree with other posters. 25-35 is the peak age to be diagnosed with MS. Although there are other possible explanations, "clinically isolated syndrome" (which doesn't necessarily mean MS) or MS itself are possibilities.
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