Hi everyone, I just joined the forum. I have not been diagnosed with ms and wil be getting an mri this Saturday. I am a little worried after going to the doctor and hearing that there's a possibility it could be ms and have decided that it would be best to educate myself before the follow up appointment after my mri so I can ask questions if it does turn out to be ms (hoping its not). But anyways here is a little bit about my symptoms and my attempt to figure out what's going on.
So shortly after moving to a new state for a new job (maybe 3-4 months in) I began to experience a strange tingling sensation right below my shoulder blades on both sides. It didn't really bother me much just felt kind of like how your foot feels when it falls asleep. It would go away after a few minutes and didn't seem to effect me except freak me out a little bit. Around the same time I began to get really tired. I would be falling asleep in the middle of the day for no reason. I would sleep for 12-13 hours a night and wake up exhausted. I also felt like I wasn't developing the muscles I should have been. I train horses for a living and lifting a saddle shouldn't be a struggle but it was. So I went to the doctor and they did an xray on my back, they determined there was nothing abnormal. They did a blood test and told me to go on vitamins b, d, and iron. They then refered me to a chiro (thinking my back problems were the result of problems in my back, common in trainers) and also told me to visit and back specialist if my symptoms got worse. Since then I visited multiple doctors that either told me that tingling is normal or that they would like to put me in physical therapy without a diagnosis and then if it doesn't go away to come back. I decided to not go to p.t. after all how can they fix something if they don't know what it is. I finally managed to get mri of my back, still thinking it was a back problem. Mri of lumbar, thorasic, and neck came back normal with only a few buldging discs (not of concern considering it is common for trainers). The doctor then told me to go see a nuerologist. I should mention that in this time the vitamins seemed to have improved my energy levels and I was feeling much better. However before I managed to get an appointment with a nuerologist I got bucked off a horse at work and ended u9 herniating a disc in my back and was more concerned about treating that. What's interesting is that at the time they did pjt me on immunosupresents to reduce swelling on my disc, my tingling did get much better which I thought was because of reduction in swelling.
Finally with the winter being an off season for the horse industry I was able to schedule an appointment with a nuerologist which I decided I needed to do after experiencing some tingling in my right shoulder followed by a sharp pain after a week and a half of on and off tingling. I should also mention at this point that I did move at the beginning of the year and was unable to stay steady with my vitamins because of an unstable living situation and constant moving around. The numbness in the shoulder came a few months later. I went to my first appointment with the nuerologist a little over a week ago. My nurological examine besides the tingling was good so he's leaning more towards a shoulder injury but with history of numbness other places he has ordered an mri and mentioned ms. He doesn't think that it is ms and im hoping that its not so im crossing my fingers for the mri on Saturday and would be interested to hear what other think about