Last Saturday, I started getting pins and needles in my left hand and arm. This continues for the next few days and if anything was worsening. By Tuesday morning, my left foot was affected too and I called 111 for advice. After going through their checklist, they advised me to call an ambulance, which I was not prepared to do since I had just driven home from work and felt otherwise ok. They were insistent however and agreed that I could just get someone to take me to AandE.
Although I felt it was a waste of time, I did attend A and E after seeing the triage nurse I was immediately taken round to ‘Majors’, at which point I began to feel very nervous, as I had thought I had a trapped nerve. (I think at this point, the medical team were worried about stroke, which was quickly ruled out). As part of my assesment I had a full set of bloods taken and my blood sugar was tested (result:normal). After examination by a doctor, she called a colleage in to examine me; it became apparent that my left side was not feeling sensation as it should but an explanation was not immediately obvious. I was given a chest x-ray, after which I was told there was nothing more that could be done in A and E, I would need to see my GP by the end of the week if I still had symptoms as he wld need to refer me to have some nerve conduction tests and possibly an MRI.
I saw my GP yesterday and as we talked about my symptoms and some others that I had reported previously such as problems with swallowing, needing to urinate often (I had been concerned about diabetes at the time which was unfounded), other incidences of numbness in my feet, etc, he agreed that I should be referred to a neurologist and also requested that I have another set of blood tests, after which I will need to re-attend the surgery.
I voiced a concern that MS might be the cause of the tingling but he told me that it was very rare. This was not very re-assuring for me though as our family seems to specialise in rare medical conditions!
The tingling in my arm and hand is still present and I am also experiencing it on and off in my feet. I am also incredibly tired, despite making an effort to get lots of rest. Because I’m concerned about MS I’m going over every possible symptom that might be linked, for example I have been unusually forgetful lately.
I feel as though I am in limbo until my referral comes through and would really appreciate any advice ayone can give me?
Thanks for reading x