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tingling feet, balance problems, week hand, comes and goes

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  • Posted By: kimmcannally
  • September 10, 2008
  • 02:44 PM

Anyone got any ideas about this? I'm at the end of my rope. I've never been to the Dr about most of these problems and when I brought my list of complaints to my neurologist, I don't think he really believed me.

I'm 38 years old, white, female.

16 years ago - 4 days after giving birth. I woke up and couldn't move my legs. Next morning I was fine.
11 years ago - after second child was born, I got a numb spot in the middle of my back (in bra strap area). It persisted for years.
5 years ago - 1 episode of a "staring spell" that lasted about 5 min. I walked around but was totally unaware of anything around me.
5 years ago - right hand got so weak I couldn't open bottles or cans. Lasted about 3 weeks?
2 years ago - numb feet, tingling burning in left foot for 3 months. Left arm and part of face tingling.
2 years ago - balance problems. I fell out of my chair, and couldn't squat for about 3 weeks (I'd fall over when I tried)
3 months ago - memory problems. MMSE in Dr. office, could only remember 2 out of the 3 words they tell you to remember before they start test. Never could spell 'world' backwards. Felt absolutely stupid for 2 months.
1 month ago - fatigue, stiff painful neck and back. 'Brain fog'
1 month ago - had my head turned to the right and person on my left yelled at a kid. I felt it "buzz" down the back of my neck when she yelled.

My neuro told me everyone has "aches and pains". yeah. These are some really WEIRD aches and pains dude! I don't think he really believes me.

I've had brain and spine MRI's done. Brain neg. Spine neg. as far as I know. (done two years ago, surely they would have contacted me if something turned up)
Thyroid normal, EEG normal, EMG normal, arthritus neg.

I freaked myself out two years ago and brought a list of the problems I was having currently - you could tell I was freaked. Lots of capital letters, and underlining. I thought I had MS. Neuro tests (above) all came back normal, and I think he thought it was all in my head. Didn't really like him, had records transferred to another neuro, and I think first neuro wrote in my chart about it being all in my head. 'Cause 2nd neuro is pretty dismissive.
Any ideas about what it might be? I have a hard time believing MS at this point, because if I had it for that long, *surely* something would show on the MRI's.

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