A doctor acquaintance suggested I be tested for MS, but as I'm currently living abroad, this will be difficult. I'm getting progressively more frustrated, and my symptoms seem to be getting worse. Your insight would be greatly appreciated, as I have no idea what's going on with me.
I'm a 31 year old female who has otherwise been in perfect health. I've been having these symptoms for around 2 years, so when I went to a family doctor, they did tests for thyroid imbalance and was told I have Hashimoto's Disease (chronic thyroid condition). I followed up by seeing an Endocrinologist who told me my thyroid is only just mildly abnormal, and that some of the symptoms I'm having don't really fall under the Hashi umbrella. She did not even recommend any treatment at my stage.
Here are my symptoms, that seem to come and go as they please:
- Tingling in feet, legs, hands, arms, and torso that is extremely unpleasant - feels like it's cold spreading through my veins. Mostly at night, but not specific to any position, time, or activity
Involuntary constriction, tightening and relaxation of the muscles in my thighs and calves, like they're tensing up - also unpleasant
Joint and muscle aches all over ranging from mild annoyance to cannot sleep or function
More frequent than usual twitches and tremors in hands and feet, ex: thumb may twitch for 2 min, next day calf will twitch for 5 min, etc.
Weakness in my forearms - sometimes cannot use them to squeeze objects, but can still pick things up.
Noticable memory loss and disorientation - feeling confused, performing actions that don't make any sense and having no memory of them. I used to have a vibrant visual memory, but now I literally cannot picture even recent events, or even remember what was said 20 seconds ago in conversation.
Fatigue. Fatigue. Fatigue - sometimes feeling like I just HAVE to plop down wherever I am and sleep - even in public
Weird perception of balance - I keep feeling like the world is moving and I'm standing still - or sometimes that things are slanted or at an angle
My bf keeps calling me out for not being able to walk in a straight line - something I cannot feel or really have any control over, it just happens
Problems breathing, like there's a heaviness in my chest - like my lungs don't have room to properly expand, so I feel like I'm not getting air
Sometimes I have bladder leakage. I'll just feel wetness and not realize that I've leaked urine, because I didn't have the sensation to pee
This only happened once so far, but I had a 2 week period where I was getting these pins and needles feelings all over my body, and a hot sensation that was extremely painful - no rash, and even happened when my body temperature was cool.
This is the toughest one to admit, but I feel like my personality/thinking has changed. I find myself feeling very anxious when I have nothing to stress about, being increasingly more indecisive and nervous, and my thoughts are becoming compulsive and intrusive. I've never had these traits before, and cannot think of an occurrence that could have caused them.
I guess I'm hoping to see if any of what I'm feeling matches up with MS symptoms, and maybe get suggestions on what tests to ask for. And to hear about other similar experiences. I feel very much alone, as my laundry list of symptoms sound like the rantings of some hypochondriac, despite being someone who doesn't fuss over their health.
Your help and advice would be GREATLY appreciated!