I’m posting here because I’m at my wits end with my symptoms and after some amateur research I think I might have MS.
A very brief description of my situation. In 2015 I had an injury which resulted in an L4/L5 disc prolapse. Afterwards I was incontinent. I was sent for an emergency MRI but they didn’t want to do any surgery and they recommended physiotherapy, and after a year of this I made a lot of improvements. I had been experiencing numbness in my right leg and right arm however, and soon after, the right side of my face and throat. After another MRI scan in 2016 which I was sent to because the right side of my face was very numb, I was told that I had “unexplained symptoms” and I was dismissed. I thought the numbness was due to my back injury but I was told an L4/L5 prolapse wouldn’t effect the upper body, which is true, but it doesn’t offer me much seeing as it doesn’t explaining why I’m experiencing these symptoms. Well the numbness has been with me ever since, it’s always there faintly, but sometimes it comes on really strong. Basically it’s numbness down my whole right side which has changed how I walk and causes me sometimes to stumble. Along with this I get tingling sensations, shooting pains, vertigo, migraines, forgetfulness, urinary frequency and occasional slurred/mumbling speech. I’ve had a couple more MRI scans since the 2016 scan and I still get the same inconclusive results. A week ago I had a test where they electrocute you slightly to see how the nerves respond. I was very excited because during the test I felt a BIG difference between my left and right side. The results came back and I’m told they couldn’t see anything concerning.
So as I said, I’m at my wits end. I have these serious symptoms, which seem to get worse each year, and every doctor I see just sends me for an MRI scan, the scan comes back with nothing noticeable, and I’m dismissed. Which brings me here.
To be honest, I’m a bit sick of seeing doctors because I’ve been seeing them for years with these symptoms and nothing has happened so I’m hesitant to speak to a GP (it’s a different one each time) only to be dismissed. I’m hoping someone could give me advice with regards to exploring the possibility of MS with an expert in this field. Do you think my symptoms could be the result of MS? Who should I speak to? And which tests should I ask for seeing as how MRI’s have thus far not helped?
Any advice would be sincerely appreciated.