So I think I have reason to suspect that I may have MS, but just to make sure I'm not just crazy I thought I'd ask the opinion of those who have it get their take on my issues...
Part of why I have not gone running back to my neurologist is because I am active duty military, and well, I don't want to be viewed as a sick call commando over what may be nothing. However, over the last year or so I've had some cognitive & dexterity issues that have made me concerned, especially as I handle explosives for a living.
I've always been clumsy & accident prone, but now I've been having a lot of trouble holding on to things, for example last night I was waiting in the check out line at the store with a newspaper in my hand, and a tiny little tick in my hand caused me to drop the newspaper. This happens multiple times a day, dropping pens, lighters, cups, etc., and also difficulty picking them back up, it usually takes a few grabs. Mostly fine motor control stuff.
I've also had needle-like stabbing sensation in my right foot off on as far back as I can remember (always thought this was normal for everyone until I mentioned it to a group of friends). Also over the past couple months I've noticed a "chill" that shoots down my left leg.
There's also been cognitive issues, like finding words, and occasional slurring of speech.
I was seeing a neuro about a year ago for a herniated disc (L5-S1), which I had lumbar disc replacement for back in January. On my first visit with her, I bombed several function tests, mostly with my hands & balance, that could not be attributed to the herniated disc. She had my B-12 level tested, and it came back perfect. When she turned me over to my neurosurgeon, she strongly emphasized that I come back right away if anything became an issue. I didn't think much of it at the time, but in retrospect I think she had grim suspicions in regards to my clumsiness.
Fatigue has always been a problem, and I've never been a fan of hot weather (I'm a ginger, so go figure). I had "heat exhaustion" in Iraq (began slurring speech, saw "ants" crawling on my arms) but after an hour with some A/C I was fine.
Well, my surgery went great, no longer in pain, have full range of motion, and regained use of my left leg, and I've been almost dismissing anything in regards to my lower extremities, left leg in particular, as there may be some residual nerve damage (no follow up nerve conduction study post-op), unless it is new.
Like most service members I hit the caffeine pretty hard, but I kicked my habit two months ago and it had no effect on my dexterity.
It all just seems so subtle and circumstantial that even if I did get checked out, it would be inconclusive. Also, I have no family history of MS, or any other neurological disorder. I am 25 y/o.
Maybe somebody can give me a reality check and show me I'm just being a hypochondriac.
***EDIT*** I also get chills where I'll get goose bumps on one side of my body, but not the other. Not a frequent thing, I would have forgotten about this symptom completely if it hadn't happened right after I originally made this post.