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Please talk to me about MS and your early symptoms

(9 Posts)
sofato5miles Mon 20-Mar-17 10:38:40

My DH was listening to the radio recently and heard that early symptoms are exhaustion, deterioration of eyesight and numbness in extremities.

I definitely have these but am not sure what to do next. What convinced you to see a dr and did you initially delay it?

At the moment my feet go numb if i stand for any length of time. Even barefoot. My hands are often numb at night and my vision doubles most days as i get tired.

MichaelSheensNextDW Mon 20-Mar-17 15:13:48

I don't have MS but those three symptoms were what originally led me to the GP. After going around the houses I've been diagnosed with autoimmune thyroiditis (hashimoto's), Coeliac disease and deficient in key nutrients (iron, B12, folate, VitD). There are many possible reasons for your symptoms flowers

sofato5miles Mon 20-Mar-17 16:40:48

Thanks. I need to bite the bullet but am a little frightened. sad

SleepFreeZone Mon 20-Mar-17 16:42:49

DP has RR MS. He was symptomatic for quite a long time before he had an episode that saw him wake up totally numb down one side of his body. That led to the eventual diagnosis.

Yogagirl123 Mon 20-Mar-17 17:18:59

I have Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis, diagnosed 2012. If you think you have some neurological symptoms first port of call is your GP for referral to a Neurologist. Based on my experience, I saw Neurologist, had examination and MRI, I was diagnosed fairly quickly (2 years) as MRI scans showed two areas of inflammation in my spinal cord and lesions on my brain. I completely understand how you feel in putting off going to the GP, I felt very scared, but my symptoms could not be ignored, I was completely numb from underneath my bra to my pubic bone, I had pins and needles in my legs, and I felt like I was walking on marshmallow. But MS relapses are different for everyone, some of the others I have experienced have been vision related. Hopefully, your symptoms won't turn out to be MS at all, my Neurologist was very through and I was checked for so many conditions. There is a lot of support, in my experience for people with MS, lots of very effective DMD's (disease modifying drugs) I have a brilliant MS Nurse, GP & Neurologist. Wishing you lots of luck and I hope your symptoms improve soon. The sooner you can find out the better in my opinion, having RRMS has changed my life there is no denying it, but keeping a positive attitude helps. Sending you a hug.

highinthesky Mon 20-Mar-17 17:25:38

You need to see your GP asap. Don't be scared as its unlikely to be MS, but your symptoms do require medical investigation.

Have faith and be patient. Neurological conditions can be notoriously difficult to diagnose and MS in particular presents in different ways. Its usually diagnosed through monitoring the pattern of the disease / by exclusion.

(((Hugs to you and YogaGirl123)))

Crumbs1 Mon 20-Mar-17 17:29:34

Your symptoms could be a hundred things, MS is not the most likely - go see your GP.

sofato5miles Mon 20-Mar-17 18:15:24

Thank you all for yaking the time, reassuring words. I think i just needed to say it out aloud write on MN. Will bite the bullet and get an appointment. Sleepfreezone I hope your husband is doing well and yogafree both flowers and thanks to you.

underneaththeash Mon 20-Mar-17 21:30:37

Double vision isn't a usual symptom of early eye problems in MS.
I'd recommend getting an eye exam and having the diplopia assessed.

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