Hi everyone, I’m in a bit of a strange place. I went to the doctor yesterday because my foot stopped working about a month ago. It’s numb and I can’t raise it from the ankle (drop foot). Although the doctor did suggest that I shouldn’t be too worried about it being MS, he did say some things that left me a little confused.
My symptoms don’t seem to present as anything related to a back problem, or a brain injury. The foot just stopped working out of the blue. He also suggested it shouldn’t be a blood related issue, as circulation was ‘lovely’ and feet warm etc.
Instead of suggesting I have a MRI scan, the doctor has suggested I go for electro stuff, to pass electric through my nerves in my leg/shin, I think to see if there’s a blockage. I imagine this is to eliminate any possibility that it’s a localised nerve problem, rather than early signs of MS? It’s also probably a lot cheaper for the NHS than doing an MRI.
He also said (in a follow up phone call, that included the suggestion of electro stuff) that we should also talk about diagnosis, and whether or not I want to actually be diagnosed with MS officially (should that be the case). I felt the doctor was being quite cautious not to suggest I have MS until I see the neurologist, however the fact he mentioned this makes me wonder whether he was ‘letting me down lightly’. I’m just not sure at this point. He mentioned I might not want to get an official diagnosis because it can have negative implications on insurance, mortgages etc.
I realise I should probably just hang fire until I see the neurologist, but I just have a feeling from the way the doctor spoke to me, an the look in his eyes, that he thinks this is MS. Do you think I should talk to him again, just to get some clarity on why he thinks an MRI scan isn’t worth it? I’m a bit confused. Is the MRI scan not worth it because he thinks it isn’t MS or that he thinks it likely IS? Is it just that it’s the cheaper option at this time?
Has anyone been in a similar situation to this?
Just feel in a bit of a strange place.