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,