Two years ago (I was 28 ), I "think" I hurt my back lifting weights and got a sharp pain in my hand, followed by numbness of two smaller digits and then tingling in hand and arm. Tingling lasted about 4 months, but went away. Soon after I started having severe earaches and went to the doctors many times thinking I had an ear infection. They saw nothing and said it could be TMJ.
A few months later I woke up with permanent ringing in my ears and during this time had some loss of memory and couldn't find the words I wanted to say. I was really anxious and depressed about my life at this time, so I thought it was stress. I started having TMJ treatments, but never really improved. Doctor refered me to a back specialist who diagnosed me with possible Thoracic Outlet Syndrome or cervical radiculopathy. I did physical therapy for about 2 months, but soon started having tons of dizziness, severe neck pain, pain in legs, spasms in shoulders, twitches all over the body.
I was freaked out and went to the ER. I got an MRI of my spine which came back normal (no pinched nerve). During this time I started feeling "buzzing" sensations in my leg and feet. Doctors thought it was peripheral neuropathy and were not too concerned about MS. I had an EMG of my arm which came back normal. A month later I started having vertigo and went to the ER again and was told it was Benign Positional Vertigo. Now I will see a neurologist on Feb 5th.
I have been under a huge amount of stress for the past 2 years, so I definitely know that stress made everything worse for me, but am not sure if it is causing all this. Also, I have hypermobility in my joints and tons of crepitus, I mean every part of my body makes crackling noises when I move.
All blood word and basic brain signals are normal. My primary doctor didn't think it was MS because I've been having constant symptoms, and she said MS is usually more spread out. Plus I never really felt weakness, though my walk feels unstable.
I know I am not a doctor, but from my reseach everything points to MS. Even the fact that my calves are so toned (apparently it's due to spams). I just don't think it's possible to have 50 different benign issues at the same time(tinnitus, vertigo, tingling, twitches, spasms, etc) and not MS. I really bothers me that doctors have been dismissing most of my symptoms for stress, but I don't think it's possible for stress to cause all this. I think it definetly made everything worse, but I've been feeling so ill for so long now.
Thank you so much for listening. I know MS differs greatly from person to person, but maybe you have some insight on this.
Edited to say that I've also had terrible IBS since everything started. It alternates between horrible bloating and diarrhea. Ginger tea helps a lot. I do have real TMJ problems too (disaligned bite, hypermobility in jaw).