Hi everybody. I’m posting here for the first time, chiefly to ask your advice.
I’ve been noticing strange things over the last year or so. I left work about 3 years ago and we’ve started to invest in property. This means that inevitably i’ve been getting involved in DIY - nothing really heavy duty, but some good exercise. About two years ago we were involved in renovating a house and one day I found my entire upper body had seized up. Any attempt at movement caused excruciating pain in my back. This was only relieved by lying down.
Since then, i’ve noticed that my walking has been impaired and I stumble a lot. My legs are very stiff, but not very strong. I can lose balance and veer offline slightly when walking. I also get very tired very quickly. My legs turn to jelly. I still manage to walk 3-4 miles every day though.
If I accidentally bump into something with my arm for example, I get an electric shock in my upper torso, mainly my back. I also have had x-rays that have revealed degeneration of discs in my lower back.
Any DIY now results in me getting really exhausted totally out of proportion to effort. I also get very irrational and can turn very nasty and abusive, basically because of pain and frustration, probably depressive too. My exhaustion isn’t relieved by sleep, and I sometimes wake feeling even worse than when I went to bed.
Do these symptoms sound like MS to you? I’m male and 59 years old. I haven’t seen my doc yet.