Hi all, I’m new here and I feel like I’m going mad. This is a long post but I need to get it off my chest, so apologies in advance, and thanks to those who read it.
I am in my early thirties and was pretty fit and healthy. Then, last July I called 111 because I had a sharp pain in my left calf muscle and chest pains (which were terrifying). I only called to get some advice but they sent an ambulance and I was taken to A&E with suspected DVT. My blood test came back negative and they diagnosed a strain in my calf (I felt relieved that they didn’t think it was serious, and slightly foolish that I’d been taken in an ambulance and wasted people’s time). I rested up but the pain in my calf and chest continued. Then a week later what felt like a lightning bolt went through my left arm, my fingers got pins and needles and went numb and the left side of my face started to droop slightly and go numb, especially round the mouth. I went to my GP who told me to go to the stroke clinic. After a brain MRI the consultant said it was a migraine without a headache, but he also said that part of the scan was unclear and I’d need a follow up with a contrast medium to check. The follow up scan showed Perivascular Spaces but these were not significant.
I became really fatigued, to the point where I struggled to do simple tasks, I had difficulty sleeping,and I also forgot the words for simple things (despite having two English degrees) and occasionally losing my train of thought.
I’ve been back and forth to the GP so often, I’m thinking of taking a tent and sleeping at the surgery. My GP has sent me for a barrage of tests but can find nothing wrong
Some of the symptoms went away and then came back a couple of moths later and then went away again. The pain in my calf has never gone away, an ultrasound showed nothing and a lumbar MRI showed nothing significant. Chest Xrays have been fine. The pain in my chest went but was replaced by a different feeling. This may sound odd, but it feels like someone has dug two fingers behind my shoulder blade and is pressing up and into my left lung. It makes it difficult to get a full breath and hurts when my chest expands. I’ve also developed a strange jerking spasm on my left side. All of these things make it difficult to concentrate for any length of time and it’s affecting my work.
At the minute I’m booked in to see a breathing physio and have been referred to the pain clinic, but was disheartened to read that they won’t help with diagnosis, just help to manage pain (I thought they might be able to get a better sense of what is wrong with me).
I’m feeling really down as this has been going on for nearly a year and it’s affecting my life and work. I did what I try not to do and googled my symptoms and MS kept cropping up, so I thought I’d post on here. I’m not even sure why I’m posting this, I just feel like I’m going mad and need to tell someone. Does this sound like anybody else’s symptoms? And how did you approach your GP about possible MS?
Thanks again for reading,