From reading threads on this site, I know I’m not the first to ask these questions, and sure as hell I won’t be the last. I don’t want to put anyone through reading a full list of my symptoms, but they match most of those listed under MS on any medical site. Some I have had on and off for years, but throughout December until now I have had a ‘surge’. I was in hospital for a few days, and am now at home. The symptoms remain but are absolutely improving.
MS has been mentioned by a couple of neurologists so I know it is something being looked into. I am particularly interested in whether anyone reading this has had the symptoms of MS but has gone on to be diagnosed with something else? Having asked that, I probably should list my symptoms:
eye pain and loss of sight occasionally in left eye
pain and numbness in face from ear to jaw to temple (exploded in mid December, diagnosed as a shingles side effect, although never had any evidence of shingles)
pain and tingling numbness in arms and legs, mostly left side
Chest pain (i have had this on and off for a decade, its like my ribs have frozen, like there is a metal rod wrapped around my lung, and I cant breathe)
Lost use of legs for a few hours, and got total numbness in feet, they went freezing cold
Balance is terrible!
I was originally diagnosed with an ear infection, then a shingles side effect, then post viral encephalitis Nothing to report from blood tests, lumbar puncture or CT scan. Trouble is, neurologist said that encephalitis should have cleared up very quickly and it has been over a month. I’ve had antibiotics, antivirals and steroids. I am also on gabapentin for an existing chronic pelvic condition, for which they have also diagnosed Neuropathic pain.
So, has anyone experienced these same symptoms? What has the diagnosis been?
i should add that I am not panicking or similar, but am on a quest for more information.
Thanks in advance for any replies.