Hey people. I'm not sure if this is the right section to write in, but I'll give it a shot. For some time now, I've been experiencing problems that kind of scare me.
It all started about 3-4 months ago with tingling in the ring finger of the left hand. That soon spread to the other fingers, and was accompanied by a slight ache in the elbow and forearm muscle. The tingling was more or less constant and the ache came and went. By then, I got in contact with a physical therapist, because I belived my symtoms could have something to do with me playing the guitar and bass. I got a bunch of exercises and stuff from her, but nothing seemed to help. Then, about 2 months ago, the tingling spread to my left foot, and soon after that, my left ear, and finally the left part of my tounge. This got me really worried so I went to my local health centre to run a few test. A doctor examined me and didnt find anything unusual about my reflexes etc. I did a few blood tests including looking for vitamin b12 deficiency and lyme.
Both of them came back negative, so I was sent to a neurologist for further examination. He didnt notice anything unsual when examining me, but put me in queue for an MRI just in case. That same day, my tingling spread from the left side of the body to the right side of the body, although still in the same bodyparts (Hand, foot, ear, face). I've also noticing various other symtoms, but I cant say exactly when they started. They are the following: Dizziness, feeling like I'm more clumsy than before. Ocasional twitching in various muscles.
Slight concentration problems when reading, feels like the words are "floating together" and I have to slow down. My vision is changed (decreased), and I have more floaters My speech is also just a bit slurred, and I have to think more about my speaking, and which words I choose, but I dont think people notice , so I guess these symtoms are barely noticable. I've also been feeling kind of weird, it's hard to explain, but sometimes I feel "moody", like my emotional reactions to things are greater than they used to be. My stomach is upset, and I have to go to the bathroom more often. I feel generally tired, even after sleeping a good nights sleep. I'm experiencing a light tremor in my whole body.
I went to the neurologist, had an MRI, which didn't show anything.
I've had a urine test for chlamydia aswell. The doctor I visited didnt want to test for anything else, even though I urged him to test for more stuff that fits our symtoms.
The symtoms havent become better, and about 3-4 weeks ago, I experienced very severe dizziness, with dizziness "attacks", after a night out drinking. The "hangover" lasted for about a week. That is not normal. Im feeling even more distracted while reading now, and I find myself trying harder to focus on the paper/book.
My girlfriend has been having similar symtoms to what I've been having, and they are to much alike for it to be a coincidence. She's also been feling clumsy, and tingling in her foot and hand, but it started after my symtoms, so maybe a month ago. She's also been having frequent stomach pains and sometimes difficulty swallowing, and a recent bloodtest showed that "the level of a specific hormone in her thyroid" was too high. (Kinda hard to quote and translate medical language, sorry)
Now I'm wondering, the MRI looks for damage to the brain right? I didnt think these kinds of diseases were contagious, and as the MRI didn't show anything, is it possible that a bacterial or viral infection that started out pretty mild led to theese symtoms?
My neurogist thinks that all this has to do with stress. I'm kinda clueless of where to go now, since I cant accept that we both "stressed" out at the same time, and at our young age aswell ( 18 and 19 years old)
Could it be something infectious, like an STD, or could it be something that we got from the enviorment? Which test should I have run on me? Should we just drop it and hope it disappears by itself? :( Help is greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks for reading
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