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multiple sclerosis question???? Anyone who can help!!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 15, 2006
  • 08:00 PM

Ten years ago, when I was 26 (I am a female), I was hospitalized with stroke like symptoms. My symptoms were facial paralysis, right side, right sided weakness, arm and leg (I was dragging my leg), severe fatigue and lightheadedness. MS was ruled out through and MRI. These symptoms lasted for many months and my neurologist ran many tests: blood, urine, x-rays, EEG, EMG and found nothing. My symptoms continued and I started having shock like sensations in my head, it felt like there was something stuck in my throat for while, I had to continue clearing my throat which didn't help. Around my eyes, about the bridge of nose, turned really dark. I had these problems on and off for about three years. It would start with the fatigue and lightheadness, trembling right hand, then the weakness and facial paralysis. Sometimes the symtoms would come and go for months and stop for a few weeks and come back. They finally went away in 1999. Occassionally I will get a recurrence of the weakness but no facial paralysis in years. I have recently started having visual disturbances, only two so far, where it seems there is something blocking my vision, a hue, I am not sure. They last about an hour. It is in both eyes. I went to ER and was dx with ministroke. While in the ER my entire left hand went completely numb for about a half hour. I also in my early 20's started having severe back pain, it feels like my spine, but now sure. It is higher up toward kidney area and radiates to both flanks and up high into my stomach. It is more severe while laying down and the longer I lay the worse it gets.

My question is, in another thread in this website someone with MS said you can have it in the spine and brain. I had four MRI's of my head and I believe one of my neck. They never did one of my spine. Can it show from the spine and not the brain and could the pain in my back for so many years be a factor with MS. I am thankful I do feel better but am always afraid it will return full blown again. Also, can MS cause any endocrine disorders. My doctor believes I have polycystic ovary syndrome and i have high blood pressure now and high cholesterol which could of possibly caused the TIA, if that is what it was, I suppose. Any feedback would greatly be appreciated.

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  • I have been dx with ms for 3 years. i had only some of the symptoms you described. i too had an mri of head and neck. my mri showed mostly lesions in my cervical. then i started having trouble walking for a week, went on steroids. i had sever low back, hip and leg pain. i was hunched over and could barely hold myself up.another doctor sent me for a full brain and entire spine mri. they found 4 more lesions lower down on my thoracic spine.i beive you can have mostly lesions on your spine and barely if any on the brain. i belive its possible. Also, i would periodically have that mri done again. ive heard of nothung showng up, then.....a year later...lesions showing.for some, a positive dx takes longer. also, the spinal is a definite indicator if you have protien in the spinal fluid. the protein is from demylenation.I hope this helps. Deanna
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 26, 2006
    • 01:24 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with ms about 20 years ago myself. Ive talked to others who have had the same symptoms you've described and they said it was not ms. When I was diagnosed, they did a spinal tap to confirm what the mri had shown. There was something in the spinal fluid that showed I had ms. You might talk to your dr and see if he wants to do a spinal tap.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 05:16 PM
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  • I was diagnosed with ms about 20 years ago myself. Ive talked to others who have had the same symptoms you've described and they said it was not ms. When I was diagnosed, they did a spinal tap to confirm what the mri had shown. There was something in the spinal fluid that showed I had ms. You might talk to your dr and see if he wants to do a spinal tap.I did have an spinal tap ten years ago which didn't show anything. In the past few months I have began having weakness in my arms/shoulders. It is now difficult to even fold clothes without resting between each piece of clothing. I am now going to see an rheumatolgist for this and my lower back pain. I am hoping he can give me an answer for the first time ever. Thank you for your reply. Did anyone that gave you their symptoms ever get a diagnosis?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2006
    • 06:52 PM
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