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I know you are looking at MS being a possibility and I am no expert but I watched my Mom go through similar issues and by the time she was seen by a specialist in Florida she all but had dementia, they told her she needed a new hip, shoulder and knee, she could barely walk because the pain was so bad and had digestion issues.

She ended up with Parathyroid Disease (Hyperparathyroidism). Seeing as we know there are many other illnesses that mimic MS this may be something to look into. Note most doctors know NOTHING about this! My Mom was lucky that an ER doctor recognized it. Her PCP and arthritis doctor just kept injecting her joints with steroids and giving her pain meds.

Symptoms:
Loss of energy. Don't feel like doing much. Tired all the time. Chronic fatigue.
Just don't feel well; don't quite feel normal. Hard to explain but just feel kind of bad.
Feel old. Don't have the interest in things that you used to.
Can't concentrate, or can't keep your concentration like in the past.
Depression.
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia.
Bones hurt; typically it's bones in the legs and arms but can be most bones.
Don't sleep like you used to. Wake up in middle of night. Trouble getting to sleep.
Tired during the day and frequently feel like you want a nap (but naps don't help).
Spouse claims you are more irritable and harder to get along with (cranky, bitchy).
Forget simple things that you used to remember very easily (worsening memory).
Gastric acid reflux; heartburn; GERD.
Decrease in sex drive.
Thinning hair (predominately in middle aged females on the front part of the scalp).
Kidney Stones (and eventually kidney failure). (blog)
High Blood Pressure (sometimes mild, sometimes quite severe; up and down a lot).
Recurrent Headaches (usually patients under the age of 40).
Heart Palpitations (arrhythmias). Typically atrial arrhythmias.
Atrial Fibrillation (rapid heart rate, often requiring blood thinners and pacemakers).
High liver function tests (liver blood tests).
Development of MGUS and abnormal blood protein levels.

In any case I think you are doing the right thing by traveling to see a MS Specialist at least they can help start ruling out and/or giving a dx so you can get the proper treatment.





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