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Don't agree with a doctor's diagnosis

Posted In: Nerve conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 1, 2011
  • 09:19 PM

I've been to see my neurologist today about some problems that I have been having for months, his final diagnosis was that this has been caused by stress (my mother has cancer) however, I don't feel like this is the truth. I don't want to be seen as a patient who isn't happy with what I've been told. I'm thankful that he thinks it's nothing sinister but my GP had mentioned MS when talking about what I have. After some research, I feel like this wasn't explored properly. I had a neck and brain MRI both without contrast. From the research I have done, one of the tests is an MRI with contrast which would show smaller legions ect.

My problems have been happening since March. I originally started off with numbness and tingling down my right arm which I was also unable to move. I went to the doctor who gave me amitriptyline in hope that I had a virus and it was messing with my CNS. Since March, I've had problems with easy pins and needles in the arm, numbness even while taking amitriptyline which I am currently taking 100mg every day which is a high amount. Since then, the problem has moved into my other arm. I get spinal pain, a burning sensation in my legs, spasms all over my body, extreme pain in the top of my neck where it meets my skull. I've had headaches so bad that I've been in hospital and given morphine to stop me screaming. I have problems swallowing like the back of my throat has swollen up and I end up choking on simple things. I'm currently taking 100mg of amitriptyline every night as well as 100mg of tramadol three times a day. I've been on several other painkillers and I'm still having the effects.

I feel like I know my body enough to know what's happening and I have this feeling in my stomach that this isn't caused by stress. Some days are worse than others and these don't coincide with days that I feel stressed or relaxed.

Should I push over MS diagnosis or does it sound like something related to stress? My step-father asked if it could be stressed and mentioned stuff that happened years ago and my neurologist just seemed to jump on that idea.

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