clew85 wrote:This is my first post and would love any feedback! I just had a baby 4 months ago and I have heard that MS symptoms can really get going postpartum. This could be the case with me.
I'll start with my first symptom. Eight years ago I got a tingling, numb sensation in the middle of my back, to the right of my spine. This spot comes and goes and can drive me crazy when it really gets going. I am 28 years old now and this feeling has gotten much worse in the past month and has spread. My right side of my body seems to have numb spots as well. Worse on some days than others. I feel it in my face, forehead, lips, check, and chin.
My second symptom was tightness in my chest. About 5 years ago I had the first tightening experience and felt like this was what it must be like to have a heart attack?! I had no clue until a week ago that there is something called the "MS Hug". The tightening is in my sternum and really gets bad when I am stressed. After years of dealing with this, I can now lean back and more or less "pop" my chest to relieve the pressure. Does this sound like the "MS Hug"?
My newest symptom that led me to go see a neurologist is an internal shaking feeling. I was lying in bed and thought either there was an earthquake or our house that we just moved in to was shaking due to the fact that it is 90 years old! I almost woke up my husband because that's how much I felt it. I put a glass of water on the edge of the bed and it wasn't shaking. I felt this shaking for about a week until I realized it wasn't the house, but it was me. I slept at my parent's house and felt the same sensation. It is now effecting me throughout the day too. Sometimes I still ask my husband if he is sure the house isn't shaking!? Even though I know it isn't. He thinks i'm going crazy!
I have had a few days where I feel incredibly light headed and just out of it. Eating or working out don't help it to go away. I am concerned about my memory, due to the fact that I taught kindergarten before I had my baby and can only remember 5 of my student's names. Could be baby brain, but I have tried drawing out the room and everything and still can't remember. It's very frustrating.
Also, are there kidney related problems with MS? My lower back, where my kidneys are located, hurts whenever I am dehydrated or drink any alcohol.
Am I going crazy or do these symptoms point to me possibly having MS? My have an MRI scheduled for next week of my spine and brain. I would honestly be shocked if nothing showed up, but who knows?
Signs and Symptoms of B12 Deficiency:
Sore Mouth or Tongue
Stomach and G.I. Problems
Limb Movement Disorders
Cardinal Signs of Anemia Due to Vitamin B12 Deficiency:
Shortness of breath
Swollen tongue that may appear dark red
Numbness or tingling in your hands and legs
Mental confusion or forgetfulness
clew85 wrote:I do have a b12 deficiency and my dr. Is starting me on weekly shots. I had an MRI of my brain and spine today, so I will update if there is anything there. I can't wait to start the B12 shots to see if they help!
clew85 wrote:The MRI results are in and I don't have any lesions in my spine, but I do have one in my brain, near my left ventricle. The nurse I spoke with said it could be the cause of some of my symptoms, but it doesn't look like MS. I feel like I'm left hanging. Are some lesions obviously MS and some not? What's the difference? I'm calling the doctor back for more details tomorrow.
clew85 wrote:Here is an update on what is going on at the moment.
I have been seeing an optho neurologist for my eye issues and he ordered lumbar puncture. Yesterday, I was told there was a high number of white blood cells in my spinal fluid. I will be getting more results in the next few weeks. He said there is inflammation somewhere, but not to be concerned at this point. is this indicative of MS? What else can cause a high number of white blood cells in my csf?
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