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Does this sound like MS?

Postby grandma123 » Thu May 10, 2012 12:58 pm

Hi! I am new here.

Yesterday I had a cervial MRI to rule out (or in) MS or similar neurolgical conditions.

My symptoms are numbness, tingling in hands and feet and some burning in feet. It is intermittent. But it started on March 8th the day after I had PT for neck and back pain. One day nothing, the next day this. From 0-10.

I am under the care of a physiatrist now but will probably seek a second opinion from a neurologist based on these test results.

I am a 61 year old female. I am not diabetic. My B12 levels are normal and my hypothroidism is under control. I have many back problems for which I have been seeking treatment for years.

My mother had a first cousin (on her mother's side) who got MS at age 26 after giving birth to her only child.

Does this sound like MS?

Thanks.
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Re: Does this sound like MS?

Postby FLJhawk » Thu May 10, 2012 2:36 pm

The sympoms are similar to MS - I have recurring numbness in my hands and feet and some burning sensations in my legs. But, it shouldn't swicth on like a light, especially at your age. Maybe some nerves in your neck got pulled during PT, and it is just taking a while to resolve. But, seeing a neuro is your best bet, but know that many neuro's will disregard mild symptoms. Mine did, and he was a social friend. Even after reading an MRI report, since my physical exam was pretty much normal, he felt I had nothing really wrong -- then he saw my scans. So, if he is dismissive, try to push for an MRI. Tell him Florida Jayhawk presented with very mild symptoms and turns out he had a big fuzzy patch of demylanization in his brain!
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Re: Does this sound like MS?

Postby grandma123 » Thu May 10, 2012 3:48 pm

FLJhawk wrote:The sympoms are similar to MS - I have recurring numbness in my hands and feet and some burning sensations in my legs. But, it shouldn't swicth on like a light, especially at your age. Maybe some nerves in your neck got pulled during PT, and it is just taking a while to resolve. But, seeing a neuro is your best bet, but know that many neuro's will disregard mild symptoms. Mine did, and he was a social friend. Even after reading an MRI report, since my physical exam was pretty much normal, he felt I had nothing really wrong -- then he saw my scans. So, if he is dismissive, try to push for an MRI. Tell him Florida Jayhawk presented with very mild symptoms and turns out he had a big fuzzy patch of demylanization in his brain!



I had a cervial MRI last night. I am under the care of a physiatrist right now, but I got a referral for a neurologist from my oncologist (10 year breast cancer victim). I will go see her regardless of the outcome of this (and other) tests. I suspected something that happened during PT, too, but no doctor will make that cause and effect connection. It is easier for them to say it was a coincidence that to try to explain that it wasn't.

Thank you for your information and reply.
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Re: Does this sound like MS?

Postby MarkLavelle » Thu May 10, 2012 8:03 pm

It's great that you have a physiatrist. Mine is the doc who determined that not all my sx were from disc trouble and sent me to my 1st neuro.

I'd cc the physiatrist on the MRI results and make an appointment, myself (in addition to the neurologist).

Interesting coincidence: lung cancer & metastasis in '96 & '98...

RRMS dx 3/3/11; Copaxone since 12/1/11
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Re: Does this sound like MS?

Postby grandma123 » Fri May 11, 2012 6:41 am

I just got the results of the cervical MRI. It is not MS - it shows degenerative changes appropriate to my age. No stenosis of the spinal canal.
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