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Strange symptoms.... MS?

Postby Gasmaster » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:48 pm

It all started about 4 years ago... I was having strange achilles
tendon pain. It didn't feel like a tear or a bruise... more like
tennis elbow. It would expand into the plantar facia and up into the
calf muscle. It crawled like restless leg. MRI showed minimal to no
inflamation and antiinflamitories didn't help. This has come and went
over the last 4 years.

2 Years ago, some muscle twitching has started and seems to follow
along with the tendon issues. Everything from minor pinky twitches at
3/second to full body twitches to wake me up. The twitching is really
annoying and adds stress to the situation. My nerves and reflexes
seem really sensitive. Simple brushes against my skin cause me to
pull away fiercly... think of the fingernails down the chalkboard
example.


I now have been getting very dizzy, so dizzy I close my eyes and go to
sleep (not intentionally). It's worst sitting down and I can actually
function standing up. It hits me fast and I'm out, staring at a post
worth of zzzzzzzzzzz's or ggggggggggggggg's as my fingers rest on the
keyboard. Turning my head feels like ocean waves striking the shore
and it takes a moment to regain orientation.


I am loosing words. I have recently been diagnosed as bipolar. I'm
all over the place. I was before but this is worse. Loud sounds are
making me jump across the room at times where I wouldn't even hear
them before. My brain is in a fog and I have the feeling of waves
rolling from the back of my head through to the front. I can't
remember questions I planned to ask. I can't remember names or find
my words. When I can't find my words I get frustrated and people
think I'm getting defensive when I'm simply frustrated with myself.
My short term memory is terrible. I had a sense of time and stayed in
touch with reality. Now, time disappears. I forget conversations. I
can't tell which direction sounds are coming from and they seem like
they are all around me. I was smart. Maybe I still am smart but I
don't feel it. I feel my mind disappearing.


The above symptoms have come and gone over these four years. The one
key is they're all present together. I am in the middle of a full-
blown episode now. I don't want to have to live with these symptoms.
Yes, I am on a few new medications but these symptoms seem to be
independant of them.

I would like to hear what people think and perhaps point me in the
right direction. :(

Thanks for any help you can provide!
Brad
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Postby Lyon » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:09 pm

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Postby Gasmaster » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:13 pm

Nope, no prior diagnosis but I am changing (not in a good way). I'm tring to find out if I ever had an MRI of my head. This is something I would typically remember. I don't remember whether I take my pills unless I check the pill holder.

FYI I'm a 33 year old Male, Father of 4 and all of these symptoms have shown up without the medications.
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Postby Lyon » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:21 pm

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Postby Gasmaster » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:23 pm

Thanks! I'm in too much of a fog to process my own symptoms.

Off to the doc this coming Tuesday.
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Postby Gasmaster » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:36 pm

The list has been started (needed to do it before I forgot, now... where to put it).

Do you know if testosterone levels are linked to MS in any way? Without writing my thoughts down I never get back to all the questions I have.
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Postby Lyon » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:42 pm

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Postby Gasmaster » Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:02 pm

I'm gonna throw an interesting event out to see what people have to say...

This morning I awoke slightly before 7am. Not thinking much about it I got up and hobbled to the bathroom. Soon it was readily apparent my body wasn't behaving. All my limbs were like jello, perhaps siezing but I seemed completely conscious. I tried to reach in front of me to pull the sheets back and my hand went behind my back. I flung it around and was in complete confusion. For some reason I felt like I was an 8 or 9 year old (emotionally). I also acknowledged that I knew this not to be true.

My wife checked my temp and it was low (96). This is surprising since the room was probably around 74 and I was covered up. She warmed me and I went back to sleep.

This is creepy!!! I get to tell my boss tomorrow "Hey, how was your weekend? Oh, and by the way, my nervous system is taking a dump on me and I can't do any work."

This is NOT what I expected 33 years into my life. How do you guys not panic? Whether this is MS, something else or completely in my head, I have a new-found respect for everyone living full lives with these diseases.

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