I have been reading the forums for a few weeks now and the information here is great. I wondered if any of you knowledgable members could help me as i have been feeling rotten for the last 12 months.
It all started with visual problems (blurred vision very often and twice I have had a grey spot in the centre of my vision in my left eye which lasted around 4 days before it subsided). I have had these problems with my vision and an accompanying headache that sometimes changed to a migraine for the whole 12 months so far and it is driving me mad. This coupled with a feeling of complete exhaustion even after a good nights sleep. I told my wife its almost like in my mind I want to do something but my body just won’t let me do it and even small tasks seem mammoth. Playing with my children and picking them up etc has now become almost impossible at times and I feel like a awful father.
Then around 2 months into getting the visual problems and headaches i started geting pins and needles in both my hands and in my feet. This comes on without warning and can last for a while making it difficult to walk, pick things up or type at work. I also occassionally have tremors in my left hand/arm that i cannot control. This is not overly noticeable to look at but makes doing anything that needs a steady hand virtually impossible.
I also have a number of other issues which i am unsure whether these are possibly MS related or not. Namely trouble with my balance (feeling like i am tipping backwards especially on stairs and having to throw myself forward and literlly crawl up the stairs) and cooradination. I have now had 2 episodes of slurred speach (luckily one was while i was at home so i just waited for this to pass but once was at work and was very embaressing). I seem to have lost some of my short term memory capabilities ad cognitive function. This is really difficult for me as I have always been fairly sharp and have studied for a masters degree in the past but my abilities seem to have deserted me and it is getting me down. I am being treated for depression and anxiety at the moment but i am guessing this doesn’t really have much to do with MS.
I have needed the bathroom increasingly especially during the night which has never affected me before and my bowels are often loose. Lastly in the past couple of weeks I have been getting severe cramps in my calf muscles. This has affected me to the point where i am even unable to walk an it is an effort to make the 10 metres from my living room to the kitchen.
I had never put any of my symptoms together before and believe it or not it was my optician that suggested the possibility of MS as she had noticed a problem with my eyes consistant with symptoms of MS. I went to a doctors appointment this morning and he carried out a few tests (walking in a straight line, on one leg etc as well as my reflexes) He said that my reflexes were ok but not great compared to somone of my age (I am 33 by the way) and wants to refer me to a neurologist but can take up to 3 months waiting to see one.
So sorry for the long rambling message and I apologise if i am completely barking up the wrong tree but I am beside myself as my life has come to an almost standstill. I just figured that if anyone would know then it would be the amazing people on tis forum.