Hello, this is my first post.
I’m 30 years old and have had symptoms since March this year - left sided weakness, shooting pains, tingling, numbness, brain fog, lightheadedness, double vision - they first started following the breakdown of my marriage so I put a lot of it down to stress. I first got the symptoms checked out following shooting pains in my arm followed by continuous weakness in the same arm. I got checked at the UCC who observed brisker reflexes on my left side, including my leg (I hadn’t paid attention to my leg being affected at that point) and a decrease in sensation down my left side. I was sent for a CT scan which was clear and they said it was most likely a migraine bought on by stress. This had been going on for a couple of months on and off so my GP disagreed with it being migraines and referred me to a neurologist. I also had my eyes tested (no cause for the double vision found) and saw a chiropractor (who said I have a winged scapula and the arm weakness could possibly be caused by a bulging disc but that wouldn’t account for the symptoms in the leg). I saw the neurologist at the beginning of July. By that point I’d convinced myself my leg wasn’t affected, that it was all in my head, but she confirmed that my reflexes are asymmetric all the way down and she said she could tell the sensation was different between my legs based on how they react to stimuli. She said she didn’t think it was just down to stress, more that that had brought it to the surface, and she ordered a head and neck MRI with contrast. She mentioned MS, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I had the MRI yesterday and I go back to see the neurologist in 3 weeks time.
I have recently had very severe pain in my left shoulder and that side of my neck. I realised that this is something I’ve had for years but my husband used to massage it for me so the pain was never as bad as it is now. I had a massage at a spa at the weekend but that hasn’t done anything to ease it. I’m hopeful that that could be the culprit, but as the chiropractor said, that wouldn’t account for the leg being affected. I guess I don’t really have a question as such, I’m just wondering if anyone has any experience of muscular problems (such as a bulging disc) mimicking MS symptoms in this way or if there’s any correlation between the two. Also, if anyone has had similar symptoms what was the outcome. I know it’s pointless to speculate but I need something to distract me for the next 3 weeks!