I’m not diagnosed currently with MS, but have been struggling with various problems for several years now, I’m confused and just want to know what’s wrong with me.
Apologies for the long post!
A little background about me, I’m a 30yr old male. Active and fit, although an occasional smoker.
My problems first occurred around 4 years ago, I went through a stressful time at work and ended up being diagnosed with depression and anxiety related panic attacks. I didn’t really get on to well with the prescribed medication, but found relief through exercising (particularly cycling). My depression returned about 18months later, although I find the symptoms somewhat manageable.
My next set of problems start happening 1yr ago, I caught a heavy cold twice in succession, and started having breathing problems. Eventually, I was diagnosed with asthma, and prescriber steroid inhalers. The inhalers did the trick, and within 4 months I was able to wean myself off of the inhalers. I did however, start getting some problems with my skin and rashes, my doctor sent me off for blood test which come back fine. The skin rash never went away, so I was given corticosteroid creme.
Fast forward to now. I caught another really bad chest cold 10 weeks ago, which gave me asthma problems again. I was prescribed prednisone, and started re-taking my inhalers. I don’t get wheezy any longer, but still feel short of breath at random times, even with the steroid inhalers.
I then started getting this really strange (but intense), feeling in my lower left abdomen, just below my rib cage. I started getting it at night, but now it’s with me for most of the day. It feels like someone is squeezing the left side of my stomach really hard. I do get some relief if I apply pressure to side where the pain is. I re-visited my doctor who told me he sounds too random to be a genuine problem, and that it was anxiety related.
I do have some other problems; mainly back pains, insomnia and frequent urination (around 16-20 times a day). Along with the asthma symptoms which seem to disappear and then randomly return, I wondered if I might have MS.
I’ve tried my hardest to forget the odd feeling, but it only goes away if I’m doing something active. As I mentioned, I’ve suffered from anxiety in the past and this feels nothing like anxiety. I feel like I’m a waste of time to the doctors, and that nobody takes me seriously. I just wondered if this rings home with anyone suffering from MS? Does anyone have any suggesting as to how I should handle this with my doctor.
I really appreciate any advice anyone can give. Thank you.