Are these possible symptoms?

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Are these possible symptoms?

Postby worriedfella » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:38 pm

Hello, there!

A year or so ago I started experiencing phantom (rotten, unnatural, pungent, persistent) smells. They lasted a couple weeks until it gradually subsided. A few months ago they began again, and I became worried it could be a brain tumor. I consulted with an ENT, who performed a CT of the sinus and did not find any possibilities (other than an enlarged Adnoid that he suggested might have dried mucus on it generating a smell). He then sent me for an MRI of the brain, which was read by a neuroradiologist and showed 100% normal. Around that exact time, I started developing a metallic taste in my mouth, which has become more and more persistent and pungent (it is now 2-3 weeks later). I've tried switching toothpastes, using mouthwash & flossing more, eliminating alcohol, spicy foods, changing what source I drink my water from, taking tums to rule out acid reflux (although I have no other symptoms), and other things. Nothing has helped.. Around the same time I also started getting numbness/tingling in my hands, with my left hand once going completely numb. Since then, my right hand has been experiencing some numbness. This could be carpal tunnel (I work on computers for a living), so I've been wearing a wrist brace and doing exercises - which hasn't helped a whole lot. Just a couple times, I have also experienced a numbing/tingling (not painful) sensation at the tip of my tongue, for example after I wake up from a nap. It takes 30-45 minutes to subside. This last thing is what finally trigged me to write here..

I'm a 23 year old male with no other major health issues (other than being diagnosed with OCD, and commonly anxious). Should the MRI I received mostly put me at ease? What should I do next?

Thank you!
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Re: Are these possible symptoms?

Postby reagan » Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:14 pm

My symptoms were numbness that started in my left shoulder and slowly spread through the whole left side of my body. It may be possible that u got ur MRI too soon and now u might have a lesion. Maybe u can tell ur regular doctor about the numbness and ask them to refer u to a neurologist.
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Re: Are these possible symptoms?

Postby worriedfella » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:09 pm

Thanks for the reply.. I'll add to this and be more specific. I don't have numbness in my right wrist - just a hint of it in my right wrist when it's at certain angles. I'm hoping this is simply Carpal. Can anyone else here speak more to the MRI being inconclusive? How unheard of is this?
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Re: Are these possible symptoms?

Postby lyndacarol » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:52 am

worriedfella wrote:I'm hoping this is simply Carpal. Can anyone else here speak more to the MRI being inconclusive? How unheard of is this?

Welcome to ThisIsMS, worriedfella. We are happy to share our experiences, our ideas, and suggestions; we don't have all the answers to questions, but we will try to help.

It is not at all uncommon to have MS symptoms but no lesions showing on MRI. In fact, in my own case lesions were first found on my FOURTH MRI. My initial EMG test and visual evoked response testing were all normal. It can take YEARS for some people to be given the MS diagnosis because it is an exclusionary diagnosis – many other conditions with similar symptoms are ruled out first.
My hypothesis: excess insulin (hyperinsulinemia) plays a major role in MS, as developed in my initial post: http://www.thisisms.com/forum/general-discussion-f1/topic1878.html "Insulin – Could This Be the Key?"
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Re: Are these possible symptoms?

Postby worriedfella » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:27 pm

Thanks for the reply. At this point I should stop worrying and schedule an appt with a neurologist - thanks for the replies, but I'm not sure I need more scary things :) Unless, of course, your post is about positive stuff! Silver lining and all! Thank you again :)
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Re: Are these possible symptoms?

Postby gramcjk » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:41 pm

I think my first "issues" years ago were optic neuroitis! (sp?) Find your self a GOOD neuroligist that listens to you! Try not to stress/worry. Makes life worse.

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