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.