I am not sure what I am looking for, maybe advice or some reassurance?
I am a 36 year old female who has been having some symptoms of what could be MS over the last 5 years.
4 years ago I had a major disc prolapse in my neck (still don’t know what caused it, no accident such as a fall etc) after going to the doctors with loss of feeling in my right hand and pain in my neck. The disc prolapse was crushing my spinal cord and that this was the cause for the symptoms displayed.
I later had ACDF surgery to remove the disc.
The symptoms are still ongoing, I get pins and needles in my right hand, loss of feeling in my hand where I cannot grab anything and pain in my neck and shoulder. I had a further 2 MRI’s where the consultant couldn’t find any explanation for it and I later had a nerve block root injection that gave me some relief for a few months. He mentioned i could have some nerve damage and had physio for a few weeks. That didn’t help in the slightest and I haven’t gone back since.
During this (2 years ago) I had an eye test and the Optician was concerned about my right eye and how pale it was. I had been complaining of pain behind my eye and some headaches/floaters. I was referred to the eye hospital who done some basic tests and put it down to Anaemia and a Vitamin D deficiency that my blood tests had revealed. Due to COVID I had no follow up appointment.
I was then due my eye test this year (they recommended I have another in a year instead of two) and my eye pain was still ongoing. I also had a couple of instances where I would have a shooting pain in my cheekbone that would literally just come out the blue and shock me. My disc was still pale and the optician (different to last one I seen) insisted in go back to my GP and make a referral to Neurology as I was also still having the neck pain and pins and needles in my hand.
Fast forward to this week and I had my appointment with Neurology who completed a few tests. My right side is weaker than my left and I didn’t do very well reading the letters on the test from my right eye. It was also noticed that colour is not as bright when compared to my left. She has referred me for a MRI on my head and will look into all my past MRI scans on my neck. I also had bloods done.
When I put these symptoms into google (I know I shouldn’t), MS pops up a lot and although she didn’t say what it could be she mentioned that the neck trouble could be related to my eye trouble. Could this be MS?
I work in IT and have a demanding job where I spend long periods of time of my laptop so I have always put my eye and neck pain down to this.
I do struggle with nausea because of vertigo where I am on a screen for a long time so again could be job related.
Just after some advice, many thanks for reading!