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Do I need to go back to the doctor?

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hazell42 Tue 06-Sep-16 12:38:44

Freaking out a little bit, so need some advice please.
Yesterday I went to the doctors because I have developed a numb patch on my right outer thigh. Doctor examined me and said it was meralgia parasthetica and would most probably wear off in a few weeks.
He was a nice doctor, but a locum, so he didn't know anything about me. He asked me whether there was any history of multiple sclerosis in the family and I said no. Which is true.
What I didn't tell him (because I didn't think about it at the time) was that I have been tested for MS before. About 7 or 8 years ago I developed Trigeminal Neuralgia, which I still have off and on (mostly on) and I had two or three different MRI scans and a lumbar puncture, none of which showed anything. I have been mostly fine since then, apart from the TN which I have pretty much learned to live with.
I assumed that if I had had MS I would have had more symptoms than that over the last 7 years, but googled it anyway. I should say that I have been feeling generally crappy for most of this year, and this has been put down to a couple of things - possible virus, probable menopause etc. Mostly this is just small stuff - feel tired all the time, sometimes I can hardly drag myself out of bed (and have received my first ever written warning at work as a result). I have started to get blurred vision sometimes (not all the time), which I thought was maybe my age again, and a funny thing with my arm, which means that it aches really quickly - for example I have to put it down to rest it two or three times while I am putting my makeup on.
Today my face feels numb and tingly. I am sitting here trying to convince myself I am imagining it.
The doctor yesterday said to give it three weeks and go back if it hadn't improved. Do you think I should go back and talk to him again?
Thanks for reading

PotteringAlong Tue 06-Sep-16 12:41:17

Yes, I would

Wellthatsit Tue 06-Sep-16 12:43:25

Yes, you could go back. You could wait three weeks if you want, but probably best to just get on with it now. You have had more than one neurological episode and several other symptoms that point to something neurological so you should probably get referred.

Good luck. And try not to panic. Better to know what is going on than not know.

ifcatscouldtalk Tue 06-Sep-16 12:53:11

I would go back and say you are very concerned because of what you have listed above. I have had the numb/tingly face when my anxiety is sky high and also woozy heads. I do think however that you either need further investigation or your mind put at rest. I am no doctor so can't give any further advice. I stopped using dr google years ago, use to scare the shit out of me!

hazell42 Tue 06-Sep-16 15:58:36

Thanks for all your comments. I think I might go back just to check, but first I thought I would get my eyes checked. Apparently an optician can tell a lot from looking at the back of your eyes.
Am aware that I could be thinking myself into this. I don't think I've have had an anxiety attack, but when you start thinking about this stuff it is easy to get worked up, I suppose.
Hopefully, this is just a temporary thing.

Heirhelp Sat 10-Sep-16 21:40:59

This sounds stressful for you. I would go back to the dr just because othetwise you will worry. My Mum has MS and her MS was noticed by an optician (chances to the optic nerve) many years after her MS diagnosis. Please don't think that an optician can rule out MS.

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