Hi, Am looking for possible guidance / input as trying to ascertain if I have MS.
Am 61 year old that does a lot of running so am pretty fit for my age, I appreciate that fitness has no bearing on these things,
Dragging of right foot since approx May 2012 / Loss of dexterity in Right hand since approx May 2012 / Right eye, have blurring episodes, most common at end of day when gone to bed and reading, but does sometimes happen during day, since approx June 2012 / Speech. At times slurred and have trouble saying words, since early part of 2012 / Balance. Occasionally loose balance when putting trousers on so now have to sit down to do. When I get up from a chair also occasionally loose it. Have fallen over a few times in garden, since early part of 2012. / Mouth. A dropping on right side of mouth, which leads to an occasional involuntary dribble / Right Arm. Loosing mobility, can’t lift up any higher than shoulder, since about Sept 2012.
Went and saw GP on 4th Oct 2012 and he immediately referred me to a specialist at hospital as thought that had had mini stroke, saw specialist on 10th Oct. Did Ultrasound of neck to check carotid artery - all ok. Did CT scan of head and top of spine - all ok. Did ECG, checked blood pressure and did x-ray of shoulder and chest - all ok. Said had not had stroke but obviously something going on so organised for a CT Scan of head and neck, this was done on 24th Oct. Saw specialist at hospital again on 3rd Dec, told me MRI of head was ok but noticed that potential problems base of neck / top of spine. Basically flumoxed so said he would write back to GP to say I needed to see a Neurologist. Saw GP on 7th Dec and he said would urgently refer me to Neurologist as soon as he had letter from specialist, that was done late December, still waiting to hear back from hospital as the consultants have downgraded from urgent.
I had wondered if it was Parkinson’s, hadn’t even thought of MS until discussing with a friend last week and they said that a lot of symptoms are found in MS.
Would love to get some feedback / thoughts / guidance as finding it all very frustrating and debilitating.
Thanks for listening