I joined here because I may have MS.
I’ll start off introducing myself and would like some opinions, please.
My name is Derek and I am a 48yr old male living in Edinburgh.
Thought I might have been too old for MS.
In 2011 I went for an MRI scan to check my pituitary gland due to a low testosterone level.
The pituitary gland was fine but an abnormality in the white matter signal was found indicating the possibility of MS. The year previous to that I all of a sudden had difficulty walking. I would start to walk and my legs would be all over the place, I’dhave to stand for 30-30 seconds until what I felt like a small electrical pulse going through my legs. Then I knew I could carry on walking
I am a type 1 diabetic for 19yrs now and severely overweight (17 stone). When trying to lose weight by walking I would walk for 15 mins and my legs would get weak and I’d start tripping up a lot.
Up until 2011 I could walk a lot longer easily and I weighed 23 stones, weighed 12.5 stones in 2000 but that’s a different story lol.
For the past year I have been getting a really tight feeling in my back. Started as a dull ache where the left kidney is. It then started spreading round my waist like a tight belt. I thought it was my kidneys due to dehydration.
One night a month ago I was reading in bed and before going to sleep got up to visit the toilet and my back was agony, I could hardly move. It was ok when I lay on my back.
I have an appointment for an MRI today for a full spine scan and head.
I am really hoping it comes back clear. I am used to being told every ailment I suffer is because of my weight and I thought these symptoms were due to my weight. If I hadn’t had the scan in 2011 I would still be thinking it’s because I’m too fat and unfit.
Sorry this is so long
ps I used to only wear glasses for reading and tv but the past 5 years have been wearing them full time. When I take the glasses I can harly see anything. I put it down to my eyes being used to wearing glasses, but could it be a symptom of MS?