I’m new to the forum. I am a 29 year old married mother of two. Last year I had a period of a few days where my middle and ring fingers of both hands were numb right on the tips. I didn’t see a GP.
Three weeks ago it happened again but spread to all my fingers apart from my thumbs, particularly middle, ring and little fingers. The soles of my feet and my toes also felt numb yet extremely sensitive (hard to describe!)
In the past three weeks this numb, weird feeling has progressed down my fingers from the tips to reach my palms. The numbness has also spread down my torso from about an inch below my bra line, right down my stomach, into my groin and down the front of my thighs.
I have been experiencing weakness in my legs; they feel heavy.
I feel very tired and lethargic.
However, the worst feeling by far is around my torso. Even though I say it feels numb, it also feels extremely sensitive to clothing and when clothes touch my skin there, it feels like my skin is burning.The unbearable part is feel as though I am being squeezed really tightly in this area (but only at the front of my torso, it doesn’t wrap around). It is so tight at times I feel as though I cannot breathe properly. The only thing that helps, weirdly, is to wrap something around my torso really tightly, or to lie on my front. This pressure seems to help but literally as soon as I release the pressure it is back just as strongly. It is worse when I am lying down on my back, standing up and especially when I am walking. I get some relief lying on my side but can still feel it. This horrid squeezing has been there constantly for over two weeks now.
I have felt a little bit confused recently. Finding it harder to think straight and seem to forget the words for things when ordinarily I am never stuck for words (ask my husband!)
I have been to the gp who ran a full blood test. It all came back clear. He said my vit D level was a bit low so I am on those now. In a month, I am to go back for a blood test and if I feel no better he mentioned a referral to neurology. He said I passed his sensation test. It is weird as the best way I can describe this feeling is numbness but I am not ‘numb’. I just struggle for how to describe it better! It is more like being hyper aware of my fingers, toes, thighs and torso at all times and especially if anything is touching them.
Sorry for the essay. I know it might be premature but my question is does any of this sound like it could be MS?
If so does anyone have any words of advice for how to manage these symptoms?
Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any advice you may have.