Kaitlyn wrote:Hi Everyone,
I went to my doctor the other day and left completely unsatisfied. I am 20 years old and still going to my pediatrician (big mistake), I went in for the first time in almost three years with a list of different symptoms. I am overweight (Insulin is necessary to put on weight; I suspect your insulin level is high – your GP can order a "fasting blood insulin test" to determine if yours is high. The insulin test is NOT the same as a glucose/blood sugar test which is used to diagnose diabetes.) and it seems that all my doctor wants to do is blame my weight for my problems.
I will not be going back to that doctor. I suggest you find a compassionate GP or internist, willing to partner with you and willing to be a "disease detective."
My mother has Multiple Sclerosis and was diagnosed at 26. I am worried that my doctor is dismissing my problems as weight related when they are actually something else.
I am hoping someone could give me some insight and let me know if they think I should consult a neurologist about MS.
In the last 3 months I have experienced (sporadically):
-Numbness in my feet This is called "peripheral neuropathy."
-Numbness and cramping in my back (left side only)
-Minor Depression i.e. crying every few days only for a few weeks at a time
-Severe fatigue i.e. especially when sitting still including as passenger in car
-leg cramps (calf)
In the last week I have developed new symptoms as well. As if out of nowhere I begin feeling like there is a band around the very top of my leg. It feels as though there is limited blood flow, my calf has the constant sensation you get before/after a cramp. Numbness in feet. And the a feeling of, what I would describe as "micro" cramps in muscles traveling around my body. These new symptoms are affecting my everyday life.
I experienced this yesterday right before my afternoon chores (the busiest part of my day). When I started working I was overcome with an extreme won down feeling in my entire body, i.e. hard to hold myself up, muscles felt weak and overused.
I have not had any eye problems, except for severe vertigo one time 3 or 4 years ago.
Hopefully I explained everything properly and someone can give me some insight.
Thank you so much,
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
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions
Oral glucose tolerance test (As mentioned, I think the "fasting blood insulin test" is also a good idea.)
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
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