I'll just respond in order to make things easier.
- Most of my symptoms, I ignore or don't realize they are a symptom. For example, the doc asked me yesterday if my legs ever feel weak. I immediately said "No" but then mentioned that sometimes my knees give out and that it seems to happen in clusters. Like over a 2 or 3 day period my knees will give out a few times a day and then it'll go away. And my husband brought up the fact that I am very good a 'finding' walls, chairs, counters and so on. I chalked it up to clumsiness or just not paying attention, but there's the coordination issues that is listed as a known symptom of MS.
There are clear signs like blurred vision that happens many many times a day. And on Sunday, I was driving home from Vegas (didn't win
) and I lost my peripheral. Then there was a blurry spot floating around that was making signs impossible to read. That lasted only 15 minutes but about 5 minutes after that, my entire left hand went numb. That didn't last too long either and the feeling came back to 4 of my fingers all at the same time and then to my thumb (gradually) a few minutes after that.
So, the symptoms are still there but I think I've just learned to live with most of them. Especially the annoying ringing/buzzing in the ears. Luckily, it's not too loud.
- I was cracking up at "I just looked at him and imagined what he would look like in handcuffs.'' LMAO! I will try not to give in to the fear of shots. I don't like them, which I don't know why anyone would, but there not my least favorite. Having my blood drawn or an IV is the worst. Eek!! I'm gripping my arms now.
I am definitely happy with this new doc, he even mentioned that he has seen other patients from Dr. T, my former neuro. I guess I had to go through the worst to get to one of the best. Or at least that's how I look at it.
P.S. Your grammar was excellent. But I don't think any of us are english teachers so who cares if it wasn't.
- He is being very thorough, which I am grateful for. He said if all these tests come back and we're still on the fence, that he may request a spinal tap. But he said if I have lesions on my spine, that that'll pretty much seal the MS diagnosis. Compared with the spots on my brain and my symptoms, he's leaning towards it but wants to be 100% sure before laying down the diagnosis.
- I think I finally understand your forums name.
Thank you for the info. It seems my husband has suddenly turned into a weenie. It seems like he can handle most things but when it comes to giving me shots or seeing me in pain, he goes soft. He'll come around.
- I'll definitely take your advice and everyone elses and just look over everything. I know I need to make this decision for myself but I don't know how I feel about being medicated for the rest of my life. Especially if there's a slim chance that I'll actually benefit from it. Maybe there is a good chance, I don't know. I guess if it comes down to it, I'll just need to try them out and see how they affect me.