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Could this be MS?

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  • Posted By: sweetestoflove
  • September 26, 2007
  • 02:44 AM

I am 22 years old and have been feeling very fatigue. I have a case of chronic headaches that come and go explainably (4+ years). I feel really dizzy at times when i'm just at home sitting down watchin T.V. I experience tingling sensations in my arms and legs and a burning sensation in my legs. I have sharp stabbing pains that go as quickly as they come all around my head and down my arms and legs. ( 4 months) I have trouble remembering things and at times difficulty taking notes in class ( about 7 months). (i have trouble copying down things as i read them or hear them. It's like i understand it, but can't reproduce it!) I often have a feeling of sort of a constricting feeling impairing my breathing (recently). 5 out of 7 days of the week, i become so tired i can't get through my day without having to take a nap. I have to go to the restroom to urinate at least 10 to 15 times a day. I have trouble controlling my urges to go. It seems as if i'm getting worse and worse by the week with new symptoms popping up.

MRI of my brain is "normal", thyroid bloodwork is normal, and i'm not anemic. On a scale of 1 to 10, i associate the level of my stress to be about a 4. I don't consider myself stressed.

Neurologist said it was all stress related and the reason why i can't breathe is because i'm hyperventilating. And because i'm hyperventilating, i am experiencing tingling and burning sensations in my limbs and possibly causing my headaches. Advice nurses have hinted at a neurological disorder, but my doctors have yet to make a diagnosis.

Should i request another MRI of my brain AND spine? Is this something serious enough to pursue considering how young i am?
I need help.

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  • Hi!Do not worry, to start things off. I have MS and I know the feeling of not knowing what the heck is going on. I was diagnosed when I was 23 and now I'm 33 and I'm healthier than I was back then. Your MRI came out normal. That's excellent. It wouldn't hurt to have the tests you were speaking of done again. BUT I am here to tell you that anxiety REALLY creates symptoms just like MS and I have that also. It turns out that a lot of the things I used to feel wasn't MS after all. It was my anxiety. Same thing here, I used to hyperventilate (holding my breath and shallow breathing) and yes it caused dizziness, numbness, tingling, nausea, you name it. They put me on some meds. to take the edge off and after time the symptoms went away. Now I'm not diagnosing you in any way but put your mind at ease because for one if it is, worrying will only make it worse. Two, like I said earlier with treatment I'm healthy and had my first baby last July! Believe me I've been through a lot, not enough room. But there's always a light at the end of the tunnel. Write to me anytime if you want to talk. SbrunetteLMT@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
    • 00:37 AM
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  • I suggest that you ask for an MRI of your neck, just to rule out trapped nerves etc. Also Anxiety can cause all of the symptoms you describe.
    sharkey 2 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
    • 11:01 AM
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