SDGirl13 wrote:Over the past year I have had intermittent neck pain, radiating down my neck. Stiff for a few days, often when waking up.
I have a 3 yr old and a 10 month old...
Even though my MRI's were clean - is there a chance this is MS?
Welcome to ThisIsMS, SDGirl13.
There is always the possibility that your symptoms could
be due to MS, but take the advice of anonymoose and assume that they are not. Worrying about it will only cause stress, and stress is known to aggravate MS (if, indeed, that is your diagnosis).
You mention having symptoms over the past year and having a 10-month-old child. The insulin level in a pregnant woman rises in order to put weight/fat on the fetus. (Are you aware that MS symptoms can improve during pregnancy and often flareup in the months soon after delivery? –I believe this is due to the excess insulin being used up by the fetus.) After the child is born, some women continue to produce this excess insulin. I think this explains why some women experience an MS flareup after giving birth. Could it be that your insulin level did not return to normal after the birth of your 10-month-old?
You and your physician have begun a good, logical program of testing. In addition, I suggest you request your physician to order a "fasting blood insulin test" – NOT to be confused with a glucose test. (An optimal result will be below 3 UU/ML. My first test result was 12 UU/ML; no test that I have had since that time has been below 9.)
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"