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Are these problems linked?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 14, 2008
  • 08:26 PM

I dislike going to the doctors and fortunately have been healthy enough not to have had to see my doctor much over the last 10 years. Recently (over the last 18 months) I've been to the surgery over 8-10 times (which is an awful lot for me) and I'm wondering whether they're linked at all.

It started with pain at the top of one arm (the left) just above and around the elbow which felt like a strong muscle spasm or cramp. This would happen 4-6 times a day and would last for a few minuted each time. This went on for about 2 months then cleared following physiotherapy. My doctor couldn't tell me what caused it.

About 3 months later I woke up feeling off balance and giddy. The room didn't spin but I didn't feel like I could walk in a straight line and this lasted for more than 5 months. My doctor put it down to labyrinthitis and I saw a physiotherapist who specialised in vestibular rehabilitation and gave me exercised to do, which helped. Even now I still don't feel 100% back to normal, although I am definately getting there. I still feel clumsy and often walk into things (e.g. doors, walls, people, cabinets etc).

I then had a week of intermittent double vision which I put down to being tired during the middle of winter.

I then started to have problems with food getting stuck in the back of my throat. Certain foods would either get lodged when I was trying to swallow, and always in the same place, or else I would think I'd swallowed everything only to cough and have a piece of food come loose from my throat and to have to spit it out. This was identifiable food too and I didn't always know it was there until it became lose for some reason. I cough and splutter when eating and drinking especially, which is embarassing when you're in company or even frightening at times.

All of these points can be explained away on their own. The only thing that makes me think about them is that there have been a few things together that have been noted. My family and friends have made me aware of certain things, such as how often food and drink 'go down the wrong way' when I haven't given it a second thought.

I don't plan to see the doctor about this but I am getting hassle about them all being linked. I always think of them as being separate minor blips but others are now starting to make me question this. Does anyone have any opinion?

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  • Google ALS and see if this sounds like what you are experiencing?...Let us know...and go see an internist!!
    crayon 4 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 00:16 AM
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  • Thanks for your reply Crayon. You've made me think that I'm overreacting. Having lost my father to ALS earlier this year I know it's definately not that. I think that maybe I need to stop thinking about it.Thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 23, 2008
    • 05:05 PM
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  • Please go see your Dr. even if you think you are overreacting...only YOU know when something is not right.I am so sorry about your father...my sympathies!!
    crayon 4 Replies
    • November 24, 2008
    • 09:22 PM
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  • I would be checked out by an ENT if I were you. If an ENT finds nothing wrong, then a neurologist should take a look at you. I doubt these symptoms are unrelated.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • December 13, 2008
    • 08:41 PM
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  • Thinking about you over night--if you have not had a brain MRI, you need one. Do not procrastinate. You need to rule out a tumor.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • December 14, 2008
    • 09:52 PM
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  • Thanks for your posts. I went back to my doctor and she's referred me to a neurologist. Hopefully it'll be something and nothing but it's probably best to make sure.Thanks for your help.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 6, 2009
    • 08:04 PM
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  • Glad to hear you are going to a neurologist. Symptoms can be very misleading, but yours immediately reminded me of my mom, who has Multiple Sclerosis. MS can be difficult to detect in early stages and is know to mimic other diseases. Hopefully your doctor will order MRI's and possibly a spinal tap (don't be scared, it's not as terrilbe as it sounds).Best of luck!
    reherbig 1 Replies
    • January 8, 2009
    • 01:48 AM
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