kimraff wrote:Hi all,
I am looking for some input on what is to be expected with MS.
I just turned 45 and am female.
I have been experiencing deep numbness, pain, shocking and tingling in my left forearm to back side of hand. The tingling and pain & shocking come and go, but the numbness has persisted for 6 months now with no change. I just woke up like that one morning. I have had several tests and ruled out a lot of things.
I started at a chiropractor and received treatments for several weeks with no improvement. I then went to a hand surgeon who couldn’t help. Didn’t think it was a pinched nerve or any other sort of nerve entrapment. He sent me to a neurologist.
The neurologist did nerve conduction studies on my arm which have revealed abnormally slowed nerve impulses. He then sent me for a series of MRI’s of my neck, elbow and forearm to rule out a pinched nerve. All were completely unremarkable. I then had an MRI of my brain which revealed Moderate White Matter disease. I have approximately 12 white matter lesions with a most likely conclusion of demyelinating disease (MS), ischemic changes, or brain infection.
The neurologist said he doubts it is MS, based on my history and sent me for a full cardiac work up to rule out the ischemic changes. Full Cardiac work up was good. Heart is strong, with no abnormalities seen on sonogram and stress test. Even had some special scan looking for plaque buildup and came back with a score of 0! Totally good there no plaque at all.
So, back to the neurologist who said he can’t tell me why my arm is numb.
In the mean time I have been experiencing numbness in my right hand, (opposite from the one causing the issues) back of hand and pinky and ring finger. This numbness comes and goes. Sometimes lasting a day then gone. And now the other day part of my face / cheek and chin area was numb.
I have had a full blood work up which has ruled out things like vitamin B deficiency, other deficiencies, Lyme disease, syphilis.. etc. Everything is coming up totally normal except for the white matter lesions.
Neurologist says they can’t tell me why I am numb and have these painful flare-ups, that I will need to live with it. They prescribed a cream and Neurontin that I can take when it flairs up. But that’s it. Everything they came up with has been totally ruled out except MS. But this neurologists says she doesn’t think so, based on my history but can’t rule it out completely.
I don’t even feel that they took a full history to be able to say that.
Can the numbness from MS last this long? Neurologist said if it were MS that it would have come back already. How about the other numbness in the other hand or face? Neurolgist just brushed that off? I have also had a history of numbness in my fingers and toes from time to time. She also was not concerned.
On a side note... I also have horrible memory, it actually scares me sometimes with my short term memory. I have also had some intermittant weird eye pain / redness in one eye that started about 5 years ago. Havent had that in a while tho.
I would just love to figure this out. What are your opinions?
want2bike wrote:That is the same thing my doctor told me when I was experiencing symptoms of MS. It was just old age and I had to learn to live with it. It was a lie. My solution was a detoxification program I followed. You are sick because you have too many toxins in your body. Detoxification is a quick was of getting the toxins out of the body. We are suppose to be healthy and the only reason we are sick because we have bad things in our bodies. If you want to be well again you have to get them out.
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