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I know there's a lot of these posts on here, but any input from you guys would be awesome. I've always been aware of MS and what it generally is but recently found out that I fit the description/exhibit the symptoms to a tee. Just so you know, I'm a 22 year old male. Here's my story.

I've had upper and lower back pain for about 3-4 years. I ignored this up until recently, where I began to have that diagnosed along with all of my other problems about 4 months ago. After an MRI of the lumbar spine I was diagnosed with two herniated discs. I just had an MRI done of the cervical and am waiting to hear back on that still. None of my back pain is caused from any injury, and could only have been caused from bad posture.

About a year ago I started having severe pain in my hands and wrists. My doctor thought it might be carpal tunnel so I had an EMG done and it came back negative, showing nothing wrong there. It's worth nothing that I started a typing job a few months before the symptoms started but I've always spent a LOT of time at the computer typing so I don't know if that's it.

I have numbness and tingling in both my hands and both my legs. I assumed this was caused from my back problems, but I went through physical for both my lower back and upper back/neck pain and it helped my back and neck pain a lot but I still get the tingling in both my hands and legs. Occasionally I'll feel tingling throughout my entire upper body, but I think it feels more like nerve pain. I'm not sure.

As mentioned I have pain in both of my hands and wrists, but also in my arms, especially around my elbows, and in my legs and feet. Pain in my feet has been really bad lately. It's not just the joints but all around; on the bottom, at the ankles, etc. Some of it is a pins and needles feeling and some of it feels like soreness and sharp pains. After all this pain continuing after my back got better I got my doctor to test my rheumatoid factor and I'm still waiting to hear back about that, but I'm 22 and while it's possible I have rheumatoid arthritis, it's unlikely.

I have weakness in my arms but I haven't noticed it in my legs.

Over the past couple months I've noticed problems with my vision. Occasionally my vision will get blurry, more noticeable in my right eye, and sometimes it feels like something's sorta blocking my vision in areas (sorry, don't know how to explain this better). I haven't mentioned this to my doctor yet.

I have muscle spasms all throughout my body but they're not too common. Maybe once a day I'll notice them, sometimes in my legs, sometimes in my arms, sometimes on my head.

I have always had extremely bad memory loss, both long-term and short-term. I have problems pronouncing words and other similar problems (if you're curious, take a look at my other post I made in the general forum). I have problems with concentration and attention. This almost certainly seemed like ADD to me (and could be) but apparently it's a symptom of MS as well. I haven't mentioned any of this to my doctor yet.

I wake up with tremors throughout my upper body, especially my arms. They go away after about 30 seconds. I haven't mentioned this to my doctor yet.

Other problems that are associated with MS that I have are fatigue, dizziness, difficulty with coordination, acute depression, electric-shock sensations that occur when turning head (this isn't common for me but it happens), heat intolerance (I was sure I had hyperthyroidism but my thyroid levels are ok).

I had a general blood test done and everything came out ok except one of my liver enzymes was a little high. This apparently is one of the symptoms of MS as well. The doctor had an ultrasound done on my liver, gallbladder etc. but it came back normal. The blood test didn't test my rheumatoid factor I guess so like I said he ordered another test for that and a couple other things (something to check for inflammation I believe) and I'm still waiting to hear back on that and the MRI of the cervical.

Should the doctor maybe take a look at the MRI of the lumbar spine again along with the cervical when I bring up the possibility of MS? I wish I was imagining some of these things but they've been going on for a while and I exhibit just about every symptom of MS. I'm not jumping to any conclusions but I think it's certainly something to look further into. What do you guys think?
Hi and welcome to the boards. Every single symptom you listed could be a symptom of 10,000 different things and one of them in anxiety. You sound very anxious in your post. Is this something you or your doctors are aware of?

MS presents differently to everyone, and to say that you have MS symptoms wouldnt be exactly true. I have only one of the symptoms that you listed, however I have over 50 lesions on my brain, shown by an MRI.

IF you seriously want further testing for MS, you are going to need to do that MRI of not only the cervical (which I think you said you are waiting for results on) but also the Brain- with and without contrast and see what shows up. Your symptoms are too broad for any one of us to say "yes" or "no" that it sounds like MS. Im more concerned with how you are handling all this. You sound sure you have a disease that you honestly do not want to have. Even though MS is hardly a death sentence, and genrally very managable- no one wants to be told they have it, and it changes the course of your life with regards to pre-existing conditions and insurance coverage.

Let us know what they say when you get the results from your Cspine and talk to your doctor about a brain MRI.

Best to you...
Nikki
[QUOTE=MSNik;4738538]Hi and welcome to the boards. Every single symptom you listed could be a symptom of 10,000 different things and one of them in anxiety. You sound very anxious in your post. Is this something you or your doctors are aware of?

MS presents differently to everyone, and to say that you have MS symptoms wouldnt be exactly true. I have only one of the symptoms that you listed, however I have over 50 lesions on my brain, shown by an MRI.

IF you seriously want further testing for MS, you are going to need to do that MRI of not only the cervical (which I think you said you are waiting for results on) but also the Brain- with and without contrast and see what shows up. Your symptoms are too broad for any one of us to say "yes" or "no" that it sounds like MS. Im more concerned with how you are handling all this. You sound sure you have a disease that you honestly do not want to have. Even though MS is hardly a death sentence, and genrally very managable- no one wants to be told they have it, and it changes the course of your life with regards to pre-existing conditions and insurance coverage.

Let us know what they say when you get the results from your Cspine and talk to your doctor about a brain MRI.

Best to you...
Nikki[/QUOTE]

I am anxious, stressed, and losing my mind. Right now I'm forced to work 52 hours a week (mandatory overtime) typing away while my hands and wrists hurt like hell and I can't quit because I'll lose insurance and my mother needs me to help pay bills as well. I'm also going to school and failing half my classes. On top of school and work, I'm expected by my parents to do several other things which I don't have the time nor the mind to do (but they don't really care). I have absolutely no motivation to do anything. It sucks because, I'm a generally happy person and have been but these health problems have been fucking my mind. As you said my symptoms could be related to 10,000 different things and that's what bothers me. I know getting a diagnosis on things is usually not a fast process, but I wish it was.

I'll find out about the MRI of the cervical spine on 5/5 and make a post back. The doctor also did about 10 x-rays on both my wrists, elbows, shoulders and ankles which I'm waiting to hear back on. Also, I have not told my doctor about any anxiety or anything. I only switched to them about 4 months ago and seen them 3 or 4 times, and every time I've had to tell them about other things and then they rush me out of the place. Which is bullshit, because if I'm paying to go see them they need to listen to everything I have to say and care a little more. Thanks for the reply. It helped me realize just how anxious I am. I'll try and free my mind a little.





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