I hope you’re all as well as you can be at the moment,
I’m currently having my symptoms investigated by a GP who thankfully seems to believe me. I’m supposed to be getting a neurological exam done by her? does that sound right? and can anyone tell me what to expect please? I feel quite nervous about it, because I’ve felt that drs think it’s all in my head, or due to my recent post natal depression, which I feel i’ve gotten much better at managing lately.
my symptoms are:
Numbness in arms making it difficult to perform simple small tasks like buttons, zips, hold cutlery. Right arm, tires more quickly. (Left handed writer, but right hand is dominant in all other tasks.) occasionally it spreads to whole right side of my body.
Pain in lower back/hips constant, makes it difficult to do anything for any length of time.
Struggle to understand what people are saying or asking of me and have to ask them to repeat several times
Spontanious Muscle tremors,
Having trouble communicating, having to describe words because I forget it. Usually simple every day words.
Poor memory, forget to take medications, have to be reminded several times,
Slower reflexes, if my daughter is about to fall and hurt herself I’m getting less able to catch her.
Usually right side of body in far greater pain than left but occasionally switches. Pain killers usually dont help this pain.
Poor balance, still managing to correct it most times but more frequently falling into things.
Fingers swell in evening,
Shooting pain up spine occasionally, started when pregnant. Extremely painful, but only lasts a few seconds.
Headaches. Usually when trying to concentrate for long periods of time.
Slow cumbersome movements, packing a bag in a shop, very slow, and when I try to go faster I end up dropping things and become flustered.
Dizzy spells with temporary blindness lasting a few minutes, most common when going from sitting to standing, but has been known to occur very suddenly without any particular trigger.
Ongoing for about 10 years, gradually getting worse as time has gone on, particularly gotten worse since over the last 2.5 years and deteriorating at a faster rate in the last 3 months.
I’m not even 100% sure MS fits my symptoms or anything, but my sister has MS so I know there is a potential genetic component.