At twenty years old I started to experience extreme fatigue and “shooting” pains going down my left leg. It would come and go and then I started to experience the sensation in my right leg and arms as well as weakness. I went to see a physio as my workplace offer discounted consultations. The physio didn’t feel it was a back problem or anything and so recommended I see my GP who then arranged a number of bloods. All blood tests were fine expect my vitamin D levels were low, I asked if that could be causing my symptoms and they suggested it could be. I continued to take vitamin D supplements but the symptoms have continued, recently the fatigue has become overwhelming and on occasions the painful sensations are more frequent and serve. I even went to get my eyes tested as I felt when feeling exhausted they were loosing focus but my eyes were ok. I went back to the GP who again toke several blood tests which have all come back fine and has now referred me for a full spine MRI. I’m now twenty-one years old and waiting for the MRI appointment, MS has not once been suggested to me by the GP but I’ve considered it all along. When I asked why I needed the MRI the GP said it was just to make sure it was all okay, but I’d rather her say if she thought it was MS. Can they even diagnose MS with a spinal MRI scan? I just want a diagnosis, it’s been 18 months since I first seen the GP about my symptoms and I should have went back earlier.
Today my symptoms have been really bad, the pain and weakness in my right arm especially. Because I haven’t discussed MS with my GP I don’t have a lot of information which is why I’m glad I’ve found this site. Even if I’m not diagnosed with MS, I’m glad I’ve learnt more about it.