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My 19 yr old son-scay symptoms-ms?

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  • Posted By: daisyvinnie
  • October 11, 2010
  • 06:55 AM

My 19 year old son had some episodes of his knees giving way a couple of years ago. He laughed it off. Now throughout this year he has had heaviness in his led and collapsed several times having to pull himself up with his arms. Presently his symptoms have worsened. He has severe pain and heaviness in his legs and collapses sometimes. It has begun to happen in his arms now but it is not as severe. He also gets dizzy spells. It was almost always at night before he went to bed and now it's happening all throughout the day. He says there are times when he feels completely normal, but it's less and less. He needs to take ibuprophen throughout the day and vicoden sometimes. When he walks heel to toe trying to walk a straight line he veers off to the left, but blood and urine tests came out normal as well as reflexes, etc. He has back and neck pain and one of his eyes are starting to burn. He also has intermittent severe chest pain. We are seeing a neurologist this week. I know that an MRI should show lesions if it is ms, but wonder if it always does. I'd like to know if anyone else has similar symptoms and what diagnosis, if any, you have been given. This is really frightening. Please give me some feedback. I feel so helpless.

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  • Some of those sound like MS symptoms (issues with legs, dizzyness) however some do not. (Severe chest pain, back pain) I've never heard of anyone with MS not having at least one lesion that an MRI picked up so definitely have that done. I'd be careful with the amount of painkillers he is taking though.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
    • 10:40 PM
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  • Some of those sound like MS symptoms (issues with legs, dizzyness) however some do not. (Severe chest pain, back pain) I've never heard of anyone with MS not having at least one lesion that an MRI picked up so definitely have that done. I'd be careful with the amount of painkillers he is taking though.Initially, I only had one lesion on my MRI and even that was not enough to diagnose MS. Evidently it takes two different types of body part at 2 separate times to diagnose (or the equivalent on an MRI). I had both eyes go fuzzy and still it wasn't enough. Admittedly though, what you describe sound much more like something vascular (with the exception of the toe-to-toe walk). Does he notice leg weakness more often when he initially stands? I hope the neurologist can assist to point you in the right direction.
    cheerful16 2 Replies
    • February 16, 2011
    • 03:49 AM
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