Thank you, Sue.
Your replies always include sound advice. My list will be endless and I can think of loads of symptoms from way back to my 20s, I am 61 now!
It was only last year that I had my latest ECG due to the pressure around my chest and back, which I now think was an ms hug. I have had several episodes of these over the years, and at least 3 ECGs. Nothing ever found. I’ve had tubes down my throat for swallowing problems and seen speech therapists, I have had problems walking after sitting for a while, where my legs didn’t want to work and I blamed ‘old age’, I get really cold extremities, permanent pins and needles in both hands and feet with the tingling feeling going right up my entire right leg, etc, etc. The mind fog is very frustrating, losing a word or even the thread of what I was going to say makes me feel so stupid. I used to be so eloquent! Now my Family sometimes laugh at me for forgetting words, getting mixed up or going quiet while my brain searches for a word.
I don’t want ms, it just seems to me that I have most of the symptoms but my case is complex as I have several other conditions, of which some are rare and poorly understood, so it’s easy to blame them for everything.
I haven’t told my grown-up children about my concerns as I am sure they will just think that I am being over dramatic. I have had breast cancer, have osteoporosis, trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, occipital neuralgia, benign brain tumour (which apparently won’t cause any symptoms) etc. So, as you can see these could be blamed for everything, but the constant pins and needles and tingling/twitching face are new. I have been suffering severe fatigue this year, have had lots more pain etc.
I will try to do a timeline with my symptoms. At least the doctor thinks they would be an indicator of ms, if it weren’t for my other conditions. I had an MRI done in 2009 and told that I had a brain lesion but nothing was followed up. In 2012 ms was hinted at again but still no follow up. I had never done any research into it either so just dismissed it. I used to be a carer for a lady with ms and she was paralysed from the neck down, that was my only experience of the condition.
Anyway, thank you again for your advice.
kind regards, Ang x