I am a 25 year old woman. Around 6 or so months ago whilst shaving my legs, I couldn't feel the razor as it reached my upper thighs. It was very frightening as I had no idea what was going on. I visited the doc, and he gave me a blood test which came back as normal. So I pretty much left it thinking the problem would go away by itself.
Sometimes though I wake up, go to make breakfast and feel like my legs are going to give way. This has only happened a few times, but it partly seems connected with my diet, which is poor.
This week, I have been experiencing brain fog (I feel like I'm sleeping with my eyes open - like I'd be perfectly happy to just simply stare ahead for hours and hours, thinking about absolutely nothing); slowed thinking; heavy limbs; trouble concentrating; occasional trouble speaking (sometimes when I speak I sound like a quiet mouse, like it's hard for me to get words out); awful fatigue; (orange!?) diarrhea; constipation; disorientation, tingling, prickling sensations on my arms, legs, feet and hands; and slight muscle tremors (a couple tremors here and there each day usually lasting no longer than a min or so each). I have broken down into tears every day because I am so scared of what is happening to me...
I have felt numb/tingly in one side of my face this past day.
For as long as I can remember I have had Internuclear ophthalmoplegia.
I have wanted to call an ambulance because these symptoms are so odd to me, but I don't know what to do.
I haven't been in any real physical pain, haven't had any visual disturbances or any bladder troubles, so I am clinging onto these as signs I may not have MS.
I saw a doctor in my boyfriends area (where I am staying currently), and without taking blood tests (he advised I see my local doc for that as he will know my medical history), and he did not seem to think it was MS. He told me that the symptoms I present aren't common in MS patients of my age... (Is this even correct?!) He said it could be anaemia, stress, or kidney problems, but somehow I feel pretty certain I have MS.
I am just so very, very terrified. I spent all of my adult life until now battling a debilitating psychological condition which left me unemployed and sometimes housebound. This year started wonderfully with me getting my very first job and being able to travel more and earn my own money. FINALLY feeling independent and like I'm getting my life together. And now, I feel like I will spend the rest of my life with another condition which could set me back all over again but in a different way..
I can't go for a day without crying so hard since the onset of these weird symptoms. I can't go for a day without looking up MS symptoms online and feeling deathly afraid. I can't go for a day without thinking about suicide. I still don't know what is wrong with me, I know, but it has got to the point where I just don't know how I would be nearly strong enough to live with MS if I do have it.
Does what I have sound like MS? I can be shaking, trembling, brain fogged to the max, tired and depressed and I don't even know what's stress or symptoms (or symptoms OF stress!) anymore...
I see my local family doctor on Friday and will hope for a referral to a neurologist.