So much for the 'I'm going to live forever' axiom that's been a part of my psyche for the last 37 years!
I've read a lot of threads on this very subject already and I can see I'm not alone in my symptoms, albeit mine don't appear as progressed as others. All the same, it does nothing to stop the high anxiety I'm feeling right now.
I (am/was) a healthy 37-year-old British male who exercises regularly, is not under a tremendous amount of stress and although I should eat healthier, I'm close to my ideal weight.
For quite a few months now, I've been ignoring a very slight 'tingling' sensation in my back, just below my left shoulder blade. It happened most often when I was sat down at my computer at home, normally in a slouched position. At the time I put it down to the usual aches and pains resulting from the sports I do (karate, swimming and regular use of weights at the gym). Afterall, I've had back pain before although never tingling sensations (those previous pains were more muscle related I think).
Lately, however, the tingling in my back has occurred far more regularly and I can feel it there, constantly, over the last few weeks. Some moments are sharper than others, other times it appears to disappear.
I suppose I would have continued to put it down to regular exercise blues and (advancing?) age, except for the fact I have now recently acquired a secondary symptom in the last few weeks.
The tip of my middle toe on my right foot has a distinct loss of sensation, a feeling of 'numbness' I suppose you could say. Coupled with that, I now appear to get pins and needles more frequently, albeit this is at night where it's possible I could be lying awkwardly (although I notice this more). These pins and needles have only started happening in the last couple of days.
I'm feeling extremely anxious. I've never had any health problems before and suddenly this leaps out of nowhere. I currently don't have any income protection or critical illness cover and I fear if I have some incurable disease, I'll be pretty much living on the streets for the rest of my life!
The prognosis descriptions for the symptoms I'm feeling on this website scare the life out of me, especially the MS one. Could it be I have multiple sclerosis?
I've poured over this website and other medical resources in an effort to diagnose and/or rule out various diseases and conditions.
The only other possibility, besides MS, could be periphery diabetes (I've always had the most shocking sweet tooth and how my body copes with the amount of sugar intake I have, I'll never know). I'm half ruling that out though, because I don't make frequent trips to the bathroom.
A question to the medical professionals: Is it possible to rule out MS because the tingling is brought on most by sitting in a certain position (as to indicate a trapped nerve) rather than appearing randomly? Is the back and my middle toe connected somehow?
The other question I have is, do I run the risk of being permanently damaged by delaying my reporting of this to my GP/treatment. I thought MS was incurable, so any treatment is merely designed to reduce discomfort?
I would appreciate any response.