I've been suffering on and off with a host of neurologic symptoms for the past 10 years. Lately, they've been REALLY bad, so I'm back to grasping at straws trying to figure out what could be wrong with me.
I have seen three neurologists. The first one said there was brain atrophy on my CT scan, but he just shrugged it off and said it was insignificant. The second one said there was a UBO (unidentified bright object) on my MRI, but it was too small to mean anything by itself. The third neurologist was in the same neurology practice as the second one, so he just looked at the other guy's notes and essentially told me, "The other doctor told you there was nothing wrong with you, so I don't know why you asked to see me. The answer is still the same. There's nothing wrong with you, and you need to go to a psychiatrist."
I KNOW there's something wrong with me, though. Is it possible that a single tiny UBO and celebral atrophy could be early stage MS, or should I cross it off of my possibility list and not bother trying to seek out a fourth neurologist?
cognitivelydissonant wrote:My neurologists never did any electrodiagnostic testing. They only did basic neuro exams like having me pull on their arms, follow their fingers, etc. and then did a CT scan and two MRIs. I have no idea how I would even go about asking for tests like that. They don't listen to me when I ask if there's anything else that can be explored. They just tell me there's nothing wrong with me and to go home, basically. My first neuro did do basic blood work on me since he had none on file, and that showed that my B12 was low. It's not anymore, though. It's almost 1,000 now that I take supplements. I don't think the testing covered all of those advanced tests on the list you provided, though.
As far as symptoms, I have several but have learned to avoid listing them unless people ask me, lol. It seems like symptom lists don't really help people come up with ideas as much as I thought since symptoms are similar for so many different conditions, and plus, I feel like the more symptoms I list, the more people think I'm crazy. However, since you mentioned a few of the ones I mentioned in another post (headaches, dizziness, and 'brain fog'), I'll list some of my other problems.
* random numbness in various parts of my body. For instance, one time, the top half of one of my legs went numb for three days. Sometimes my tongue gets numb, and sometimes it'll feel like I have diminished sensation in my skin.
* frequent urination -- Some days I run to the bathroom every 10-15 minutes
* A feeling like there's a lot of pressure in my head/brain
* My eyes get this unfocused feeling sometimes that makes me nauseous, so then I start to gag
* Auditory hallucinations when I'm exhausted
* Shady hands
* A feeling like I'm not getting enough oxygen to my brain
* Diminished sense of taste and smell
*Trouble enunciating words at times
* Sensitivity to flashing lights
The main issues are the cognitive problems I mentioned in the other thread, though. If I could just be able to think straight again, everything else would be way easier to deal with.
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