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MS Symptoms

For me some of my symptoms started in Febuary of this year, But my doctor never found a cause. We both did not think about MS at this stage

Last month my symptoms came back but worse after i had a miscarriage and needed a D&C. I have been having

  • Pins and needles in my feet and fingers/hands

  • Severe cramps in my LEFT arm,hand and leg. It comes and goes nothing has helped

  • Im always extreamly tired

  • I have been having a dull pain in my left rib just under my breast, It comes and goes

  • My whole body has been aching

  • My memory is not as good as it use to be

  • Blurry eye site

  • electric pain down spine (Only happens every now and then)

My doctor seem to think i have MS and has refered me to another doctor to be tested, Which i will see him in 6 days

Do these sound like MS symptoms? I have had a few blood tests to rule out other causes and everything has come back fine

Thanks

Hi Natalie, and welcome to the site…

I am so very sorry to read that you miscarried.

There are lots of conditions that can cause symptoms similar to MS, but I do agree with your doctor that your symptoms do sound very MS-like… so I’m glad you have been referred to another doctor, who I assume is a neurologist or an MS specialist (who is actually a neurologist but specialises in MS).

Do you get the electric shock feeling in your spine when you lower your head (ie look down)? If so, it’s a condition called L’Hermitte’s sign. Some people with MS get it but also people get it with other conditions.

The ache under your left breast might be something called ‘hug’ or ‘banding’… it’s when the small muscles between the ribs go into spasm. You might have been getting it recently because of the hot weather or because you are stressed out with everything that’s been happening. Although usually associated with MS, there are other neurological conditions that cause it too.

When you see the neurologist, he or she will ask you lots of questions about your health history. They will give you a physical examination to see if there are signs of MS (but nothing painful or intrusive). They will look into your eyes to see if there is anything going on there.

They will then refer you for an MRI scan of your brain (and possibly brain and spine) to see if there are any scars, or ‘lesions’ as they are called, which are a sign of MS.

To find out more about MS, go to the ‘What is MS?’ link at the top of this page.

MS is different for everyone, so although you might read about some scary symptoms it does not mean that you will get the same symptoms. MS is NOT a terminal illness and there are some good drug treatments for it… and new treatments coming along all the time… and the best news is that they are talking about the possibility of a cure. Not for some years probably… but you never know!

Most people with MS live really very normal lives… they continue to work, have relationships, enjoy sex, have babies (so darling IF you do have MS it was not responsible for your miscarriage), travel, drive cars… etc etc etc.

Even when out lives are more impacted by MS, life can still be good. We learn to adapt… and honestly after a while life with MS seems normal.

Let us know how it goes with the neurologist… is it Friday you’re going?

This is a great forum to get to know about MS, get advice and support, and make friends who really know what it’s like.

For now, keep open minded. It might not be MS at all!

Take care hon and hope this helped,

Pat x

I am very sorry about your miscarriage, it is an awful thing to go through.

However - it is that which made me think of Hughes syndrome. Many of the symptoms are similar to MS. Hughes can be determined in or out by a couple of blood tests.

Speak to your doctor about this.

Liz

Hi natalieena sorry for your loss i too had a miscarrage many years ago now 21 to be exact through a violent relasionship .Not together anymore things do get easier with time,Been with hubby now 20 yrs who has recently found out to have ms your symptoms do sound like ms but lots of things can have similar symptoms.Also ms symptoms does vary so much from person to person depending on what areas of the brain is affected. xxxx julie xxxxx also wanted to say hello to pat

Thank you :slight_smile: My hcg is back to 0 now which I’m happy about. We are focusing on trying to “fix” me first before trying again. This week I have been getting electric shocks in my fingers which is unbearable I have to drop what I’m holding. And also have been having bad cramps in the back of my legs. My appointment is tomorrow, so hopefully an MRI in a few days

Thank you :slight_smile: My hcg is back to 2 now which I’m happy about. We are focusing on trying to “fix” me first before trying again. This week I have been getting electric shocks in my fingers which is unbearable I have to drop what I’m holding. And also have been having bad cramps in the back of my legs. My appointment is tomorrow, so hopefully an MRI in a few days

Well I ended up seeing a GP he went through all my past even my parents past, then said you look poorly so you have sever depression and carpel tunnel. I was shocked that he would judge my past to give me that dignosis. I gave me a referral for a nerve specialist and a MRI (which is in 3 days) to be sure. I don’t understand, I have this numbness, tingling, and mussel spasms everywhere.