Welcome to ThisIsMS, stellycat.
To answer your question, your symptoms could
be MS or many other conditions, just as CaliReader described. There are many other possibilities that look like MS to be ruled out.
I think this page from the University of Chicago is a good place to start:http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchic ... #bloodtest
Especially important is this section on blood tests – has your PCP ordered these? Keep a copy of the results for your own file:
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels (Jimmylegs, here at TIMS, recommends magnesium, zinc, and copper also. A vitamin D3 test is also recommended.)
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions (especially thyroid hormones testing is recommended by Kathryn Simpkins in her book, The MS Solution)
Oral glucose tolerance test (I suggest a "fasting blood insulin test" also.)
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease (I think this is VERY important, as well as a mannitol-lactulose test for Intestinal Permeability.)
Lyme disease (Bartman, among other TIMS members, urge this testing.)
Hepatitis C and B
In my personal situation, I believe I have excess insulin in the bloodstream, causing insulin resistance in my smooth and skeletal muscles (and causing the "raw feeling" in my legs because the insulin is affecting the smooth muscles around my blood vessels).
Good luck in your investigations.
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?"