I am awaiting an MRI of my head (September 26th) to see if the numbness I’ve been suffering for the last year in my left leg/foot has a central cause or if it’s more likely just a damaged nerve.
The past few days I’ve been suffering with one of my regular kidney infections (I get 3 or 4 a year), and been feeling extra tired (I usually have some level of fatigue) with more muscle twitches in my legs than usual. The worst symptom I have currently is a horrible feeling all round my ribs, and I’m thinking it does sound quite a lot like the MS ‘Hug’. I feel as though someone has tightened a belt around my ribs and is pulling on it really hard. I can just about breathe normally, possibly a bit shallower than usual to prevent the pain being worse (feels like the muscles in my ribs are really achey or bruised). I have had a similar feeling to this over the past few months, but this has lasted a few days now and is the worst it’s been. I am in a lot of pain, even after taking painkillers and anti-inflammatories.
Does this sound like MS Hug (I know nobody can say for definite, and I am awaiting tests to look into causes like MS)? Do things like infections make you more likely to experience such symptoms (if you have MS)? Or is it more likely radiating pain from my kidneys?
I will point out (may be totally irrelevant) that these kidney infections I get seem to have all the symptoms, but don’t respond well to antibiotics. On a dip test I tend to have blood and leukocytes in my urine but when they send it to the lab they never seem to isolate an infection. The last one I had in March had me in hospital for a few days and they still didn’t know for definite it was a kidney infection.