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Is this MS?

Posted In: Nerve conditions 2 Replies
  • Posted By: Stephanie062195
  • May 9, 2012
  • 09:15 PM

To start off, this post is for my brother. He is fourteen years old. About a month ago, in the middle of April, he started having pain in his shoulder. My mom and I contributed it to him sleeping on a couch, and thought he might have just slept funny. Well, after about a week, the pain was still there, so my mom took him to the doctor to see if maybe it was a pinched nerve. The doctor said that it might be a really painful pinched nerve, and said to go to therapy for it for two weeks, and if it wasn't better to go back.

After two weeks rolled around, there was no improvement. He went back to the doctor. During these two weeks, he developed more symptoms.... including worse pain, burning feeling in his arm, and some numbness that started at his elbow and goes down to his fingers. Because of these, the doctor said to see a neurologist because he thinks it might be caused by MS. Everything got scheduled yesterday, and he goes to see a neurologist on Friday (two days away).

Yesterday he developed something new... his arm twitches almost like a muscle/nerve spasm. Neither one of the doctors know about this, since the appointment is only two days away.

On Friday, he is supposed to get an EMG. Would they be able to diagnose MS using this test?
We are just looking for answers to get him out of this pain.

Thank you for your time.

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  • The only way to diagnose MS (or rule it out), is to have an MRI of the brain. What they are looking for are lesions in his brain.
    nurse_shark 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • A spinal tap can also be used. Not all ms lesions are in the brain.
    Singer6980 0 Replies Flag this Response
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