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 2 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 3 weeks 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, I have more of those dark spots floating around now. 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.
So I am now waiting for the results of the MRI, but another thing came up that got me worried. 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. Also, worth mentioning is that we've both recently got a tiny red spotty rash thingy at our left wrists. Im not sure if that has anything to do with this aswell
Now I'm wondering, the MRI looks for damage to the brain right? What are the odds that I have something neurlogical when my GF has almost the same symtoms as me? I didnt think these kinds of diseases were contagious. Is it possible that a bacterial or viral infection that started out pretty mild led to theese symtoms? I need your help, as I fear the doctors wont be able to find out what's wrong with us. I'll be very gratefull for every answer I get. If you need to know anything else about my symtoms, just ask, and I'll try to answer.. Regards / Martin (By the way, English isn't my main language, so ignore any spelling errors or grammatical errors ^^)