Fast forward now. I have developed several symptoms like legs going numb for about 20 min., terrible double vision and seeing weird sparkles, spasms in arms and legs. Every now and then I get a whole body spasm like a evlectric shock. I don't empty my bladder and pee several times especially at night. Fatigue and chronic pain in my right ribcage.
My GP is setting me up to see a neurologist again.
Do you all think I should get a second opinion? I didn't have these symptoms when I was 54 except for sparkles in my eyes and chronic pain. I cheked several MS websites this week and I was surprised that I had almost every symptom listed.I'm worried......
sounds like the doc has you in line for an updated evaluation. a second opinion, if you will. please don't try to self-diagnose based on symptoms - the differential dx list for ms, ie things to be ruled out as they whittle the possibilities down to reasonable confidence in a correct diagnosis, is a long one.
i'm curious whether anyone has, either in the past or more recently, referred you to a preventive health care professional? anything in the mix along the lines of diet and/or lifestyle assessment appropriate to an older adult?
would you describe your status quo diet and lifestyle as optimally healthy, given what you know of various messages flowing from the public health sector (as distinct from clinical care, in which test results stay reassuringly 'normal' - right up until they don't)?
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
It is impossible to diagnose MS based on symptoms alone. There are many conditions that have similar symptoms as those seen in MS. Testing will need to be done to rule in/out all other possible causes and testing that would indicate MS as a possible cause.RightWill wrote: I cheked several MS websites this week and I was surprised that I had almost every symptom listed.I'm worried......
Have you had a recent eye exam? If not that would be my suggestion.
This sounds like possible migraines as does some of your current symptoms especially when they last 20 minutes. Symptoms of MS usually last longer than 20 minutes. Many things can cause brain lesions including, but not limited to, migraines/headaches and age related.I had an episode six years ago where the right side of my face and right arm went numb for about 20 minutes.
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