skinnyscarecrow wrote:Could this also be due to some vitamin deficiency? Or would there be a more dramatic increase in symptoms for that?
Hi skinnyscarecrow and welcome! The problem with diagnosing MS is that every one of us has a completely unique set of symptoms (and history and future...). And... there isn't a single symptom that's exclusive to MS. Pretty much all neurological conditions share many of the same general symptoms. It takes testing and evaluation by a doctor to come to a diagnosis.
In my case, I've been told I have 2 diagnoses - MS (Central Nervous System) and HNPP (Peripheral Nervous System). My neuro and I agree that there's no way to tell which symptom goes with which diagnosis. And we agree it doesn't matter that much anyway.
I was diagnosed by a physiatrist without even giving him a list of symptoms. He noticed something about my reflexes in a short exam, sent me for a brain MRI, and voila! Brain of MS-type lesions = instant MS diagnosis. I've had a lifetime of weird little sensations like you're describing, but I can't say that they were caused by MS, HNPP (hereditary peripheral neuropathy), arthritis, age, or one of my other multiple medical conditions.
And yes, vitamin deficiencies could possibly cause issues, but please use caution in supplementing them. In my case, I've had worse episodes from taking vitamins & supplements than anything MS has ever done for me!
Taking Vitamin B12 actually caused that type of problem for me. Your doctor should test for those, however, in order to rule out deficiencies.
My last 2 sets of tests show that my body's drowning in B12, though. Plus the blood tests alone cost me over $900 this year.
Good luck & keep us posted!