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I have seen many doctors and specialists for many of the symptoms that I've had over the past 2 years. I have many, many symptoms that would come on gradually, go away and then come back. I am a 19 year old female and a sophomore in college in the northern part of the US which puts me at risk for MS already. MS doesn't run in my family but I also am aware that MS doesn't discriminate and people can still get it regardless. I don't know what else to do at this point since it seems like my doctors have not tried thinking about all of the correlating symptoms as I have and they continue to think they are all separate issues or anxiety. I don't know what to do or where to turn to get help anymore. I have been so distraught over all of this that I almost thought I had some sort of schizophrenia or was Bipolar (I saw my psychiatrist and he told me I don't though). My concerns are starting to drive my family and fiance up the wall.
-Costochondritis that is chronic (It is a benign rib inflammation). It will go away and come back for long periods of time. It recently got worse and spread to the other side of my chest. I get spasms and twitches with this pain. I work with a rheumatologist on this. (Contracted it 2010- present)
-I had random painful urination and urgency (no incontinence or anything like that) my freshman year of college. It lasted for about 4 months. I had thought I had intersistial cystis but my doctor simply diagnosed it as a tight pelvic floor due to clenching muscles too tightly. These symptoms will come and go as well. (2011- present)
-The pelvic pain that I had caused sciatica. I actually had to have a lumbar spine MRI during that time to make sure it wasn't cauda equina (it was normal). I don't really have sciatica pain anymore but anytime I touch the sciatica area, I feel a buzzing and tingly feeling all over it.
-Vertigo, Lightheadedness, and chronic Nausea. (2010-present) Sometimes vertigo will last for one week or two at a time and then go away. Got it my junior year in high school.
I had constant nausea my senior year of high school for about 6 months. It only comes on during menustration now. I have now learned that I have some sort of vestibular disorder (inner ear disorder.) My doctors used to chalk up the nausea to just hormones. Unfortunately, I have now learned that MANY inner ear disorders (such as Meniere's Disease) produce the SAME symptoms as MS! It is common that people with these inner ear disorders will undergo testing for MS to rule it out which puts me in an extreme state of panic.
-Tingling, Burning, Slight numbing, Prickling, Crawling sensations all over body. (2012-present) They came on after a period of severe stress over all of this. Now I get them immediately any time I happen to get anxious and worried.

A couple months ago, I started to connect the dots and see that my symptoms do sound a lot like MS. I visited a Neurologist a couple months ago for those symptoms (I saw him BEFORE I experienced tingling, paresthesia sensations and before learning about my possibility of inner ear disease that causes dizziness and nausea). He did the Babinski reflex test on me and said I was negative for MS. He told me I had perfect coordination, vision, and everything etc. Unfortunately about a month later, I developed the tingly, prickly, and slight numbness sensations in my arms, legs, and all over my body that were constant at one point. (They now come on immediately when I get anxious). I saw my general doctor about those symptoms and she also did the Babinski reflex test and said I don't have MS. It was a week ago I learned about the vestibular ear issues that I have. I even get more worried because I read of one person with vertigo that didn't have Meniere's disease but also had a negative MS MRI and the doctor told her that she could still have MS and basically she will have to wait and see. I am convinced that my strange medical symptoms and episodes of weirdness are not all coincidences. I think they are related to MS but I hope that I am wrong. I know that no one here can diagnosis me but the reason I am posting this here is because I am at a loss for what to do. I clearly do have medical symptoms that scarily seem like MS but at this point, I feel like if I go back to more doctors they will just push me away and get annoyed with me.

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