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hi, new here and scared

Postby mamanan » Mon May 12, 2008 8:12 am

Hi all, I'm hoping to get some answers and info from people who have gone through this.

some background...
There are 3 cases of ms on my mother's side of the family. So naturally when I started getting some weird symptoms a couple years ago, I was worried and did some research. But all the feelings I had were so vague that I never went to the doctor's with my concerns. Then I got pregnant with my 4th child and I felt MUCH better.

Then these last couple months the symptoms returned, but still vague. Achiness in the legs, feeling of spaciness, inner trembling. So I took a wait and see appraoch. Now last week I got pain in my face. Again, I was worried about ms, but stillthinking it was in my haed or unrelated, as the symptoms were atypical. Instead of the sharp, short bursts of pain that I read about in the articles, my cheeks are constantly achy, feels like someone is pinching me.

Not a month ago, I had a physical, and he checked my reflexes, they were all normal. Again, from the online research I did, I read about the Babinsky reflex, and decided to try it out on myself last night. I have no reflexes at all. I discovered my feet are numb and I can't feel anything. Yet I can walk no problem? I even tried to get the kids to tickle my feet this morning, and I felt nothing.

Of course this convinced me to call the doctor, finally. I have an appointment on Wednesday. In the meantime, I am petrified of these new sensations. And also still in denial. I don't have Babinski's reflex after all.

Have others felt atypical symptoms? It seems everything I read baout, mine case is different. What can I expact the doctor will do wednesday?
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Postby MrsGeorge » Mon May 12, 2008 8:22 am

Hi there,

Welcome.

It must be a very scary time for you. I've not long been dx myself. I would expect that the doctor will do a round of reflexes, strength and resistance & co-ordination tests.

I would recommend taking the time to write down everything that has happened / you've felt so that you can tell the doctor (i always forget otherwise).

If the doc thinks there's something to be worried about / to rule out he will probably refer you to a nuero who most likely would do some blood tests, possibly an MRI and a lumbar puncture. But that's a way off.

If I've learnt anything about MS it's that it's never the same for 2 people. If you are concerned you are doing the right thing to check it out. I hope it goes well for you and that it's not MS.
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