Hi all, am new on here. Feeling pretty confused at the moment. First had some problems about seven years ago when I had a nasty bout of Trigeminal Neuralgia completely out of the blue, lasted about six weeks then disappeared. A couple of years after that I had problems which were diagnosed (without a scan) as a herniated disc - sore neck, pain down arm and legs, some numbness and tingling etc.
Then about four weeks ago the sore neck started again but developed further this time -both hands/fingers became really numb and weak (have dropped things a few times and can’t close my hands fully), all my muscles are stiff and ache as though I’ve been doing strenuous exercise - I feel like I’ve suddenly got the body of an old woman (I’m 45). Haven’t had full blown Trigminal Neuralgia again but get twitches in my face. Also getting stabbing pains in my feet and down my calves and arms. And for the past week I’ve been getting a really weird feeling when I’m walking ie that I’m going to topple forwards.
My doctor referred me for an MRI scan of my neck, thinking it was something to do with the previous hernidated disc. But when I saw the Doctor today she told me the scan results show no disc or nerve problems at all. She suggested a referral to an MS specialist and has managed to get me into an MS clinic this Saturday (which seemed very quick to me). I guess she wouldn’t do that unless she suspected MS, but wouldn’t the neck scan normally show up lesions in that case? (I asked her whether there were any lesions or indicators of MS on the scan and she said no but that they may not have been looking for that and that they only scanned the cervical area). Do my symptoms and experience sound familiar to others? Thanks, Tracy