ms or not?

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ms or not?

Postby Ctaylor1 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:05 pm

I have been a nervous wreck but 3 weeks ago I was out and when I got down from my sitting position noticed my right leg was swollen and felt odd and my left leg a bit numb too....the next day they both felt heavy and this has continued on and off for the past 3 weeks. I woke up two days ago with a pin and needle feeling everywhere on me and my feet having a cooling feeling to them and my left arms keeps going to sleep...went to doctors twice she said keep in the back of your mind could be signs of ms..yeah back of the mind I am scared to death...went to a vascular doctor today for the swelling I have got that comes and goes in right leg and he seen no blood clots and will be 2 weeks before getting into neurologist...I don't yet have headaches..urinary problems and I do get light headed from time to time but I have had vertigo for 20 + years now...currently I am 45.
Please help!!
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Re: ms or not?

Postby jimmylegs » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:07 pm

welcome, it's a scary time so I understand the stress you're under! many of us here have been there too. unfortunately everything just takes time. even the answers we do have take time to absorb and understand. so for now, welcome :)
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Re: ms or not?

Postby Ctaylor1 » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:52 am

Just wish I could get some answers so I don't drive myself crazy...I feel sick to my stomach over this just creeping up out of nowhere and wondering what it might be.
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Re: ms or not?

Postby jimmylegs » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:09 am

it's very frustrating. I found the best way to take control was start reading and learning. the main thing I took away from this whole experience was to take responsibility for my own health. at this stage, I can barely remember my doctor saying 'I can't answer your questions any more. at this stage you are more the ms specialist than I am'.
if it's any comfort there is actually plenty you can do to try to optimize health right away. gives you something concrete to act on while you wait for the medical machine to lumber it's way through the process.
for starters vertigo has been linked in research to deficits in various nutrients including vitamin b12, magnesium, ferritin, and zinc. have your docs tested you for all these things? if so do you have the results? have the docs nailed down whether your vertigo is peripheral or central?

a study on causes of vertigo (from a neurology journal so not drilling down to the nutrition level):
Central Vertigo and Dizziness: Epidemiology, Differential Diagnosis, and Common Causes
http://journals.lww.com/theneurologist/ ... gy,.3.aspx
The most common causes of dizziness are peripheral vestibular disorders, but central nervous system disorders must be excluded. ... central causes are responsible for almost one-fourth of the dizziness experience by patients. ... The most common central causes of dizziness and vertigo are cerebrovascular disorders related to the vertebrobasilar circulation, migraine, multiple sclerosis, tumors of the posterior fossa, neurodegenerative disorders, some drugs, and psychiatric disorders.
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