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As it has been some time since your last MRI, please follow your doctors advice and get a referral or an appointment for a MRI and a neurologist. While the "classic" symptoms are evident from your writing, many neurological maladies present with some similarity.

My hindsight symptom was foot drop from the time I was 14 years old. At 19 years of age, my entire right arm went numb and was useless for about 6 months. I am now 45 and this is my 30th year of MS- 25th year since diagnosis.

Your initial MRI could very well have been clear 10 years ago. When you get your MRI this time, have them do it with and without contrast and include cervical to cranium. Will this indicate anything? In a word- hopefully. But remember that MRI's are not a magical tool. Long before MRI's, doctors were diagnosing MS, though it took more time. Your neurologist will have a wide array of tools/tests available. "run the gauntlet" and be patient for the results.

As to mild numbness (limited to a hand/foot or to your fingers/toes) I have found that cold water helps restore feeling. When I have numbness on my face or head, I generally will apply a cold compress, but this area of numbness requires time.

When I first saw my current neurologist, she told me she could tell from my face that I was experiencing problems because the numbness caused drooping of my mouth and my eye (one side).

I am 45 and the father of 2. You are not alone and many of us are experiencing what you are going through. You are not alone.
Hi Charlie. I went to my doctor thinking I had a pinched nerve, and a few months later my MRI confirmed MS. It was a shock and a relief.

With hindsight, I have been having symptoms since my teens--tremors, fatigue, weakness. I just didn't put it together. In 2003 (I think) I started fainting (still haven't figured out why) and I had a million tests, including an MRI of the brain. It showed two lesions, but my doctor at the time didn't tell me; I found out from the doctor who diagnosed me. Lesson: Always get copies of your tests!

Also in 2005, my work sent me to the ER because my left arm went numb, starting with the fingers and eventually moving up to my shoulder. The ER doc did a basic neuro exam, but ordered no tests. He sent me home. That was my first documented symptom.

It was a good thing that I had that first MRI of the brain, because it gave my newer one something to compare to. My PCP diagnosed me without further tests, such as an LP, and sent me to a specialist, who confirmed it. The rest is history.

When I was dx, I knew nobody with MS, and I didn't know too much about the disease. I did the same thing you're doing, reading books and things on the internet. It not only educated me but it gave me a sense of empowerment. It's nice to have a name for your illness, even if it's a crappy one! Then I found this place and realized that I was far from alone. That was the biggest help of all! Feel free to ask questions and vent here; it is much, much easier when you're not alone. Let us know how the MRI goes, and yes, it's possible to get diagnosed without lesions on your brain. I also have several lesions on my cervical spine, so you may want to do that too--they can scan both at the same time. Good luck!

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