LSUFAN wrote:This is all new and happening way too fast. I went to my neurosurgeon this week with a numb left arm, hand and fingers. Last time I had this problem it was the result of a ruptured disc in my neck which required immediate surgery. I assumed this would be the same case. During the examination I was asked numerous questions non-related to my neck and disc. Every question she asked I answered yes to, and I wondered how she knew that I was having that particular problem. She has me scheduled for an MRI and EMG in two weeks. I was given 5 scripts. One being a steroid pak (prednisone), something for muscle spasms, pain pills, neurontin, and 800 MG of Ibuprofin to begin after steroids pak. Two months ago I went to my opthamologist due to the onset of blurred vision. I was given a script for antibiotic drops. There has been no improvement. I have had major coordination problems the last two years, and have fallen many, many times. Problems swallowing for two years. Now I easily choke several days a week. I have lost 40 lbs in two years with absolutely no dieting. I have bladder and bowel leakage problems. I never put any of these symptoms together until this appointment when she asked the questions. I am 61 years old and worry that if it is MS it may already be at a progressed stage. The waiting is driving me insane. I cry every day. Could someone advise me if they feel, that I do in fact probably have MS. If not, what else could be? Thank you.
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
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
The waiting is driving me insane.
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