I’ll cut straight to the chase: I think I have MS. I’m currently in the long, infuriating and stressful process of getting a diagnosis - or any kind of help - from the NHS. This time around, I first saw my GP at the beginning of May and since then it’s been a whole load of sitting around waiting for appointments and results, having endless blood tests, scans of various bodily parts (aka barking up the wrong tree) and seemingly getting nowhere.
I first saw my GP back in May 2014 because I was constantly tired. He had some blood tests done, came back and told me I had a Vitamin D deficiency, sent me away to get some supplements and all would be well, done and dusted.
The Vitamin D didn’t work, but I didn’t feel too bad, with various things like buying a house and moving in with my partner there was lots of stressful and exciting times going on so everything was chalked up to that. This year comes around and things settle back down to normal, and I start feeling exhausted all the time again. This was my main complaint, but had lots of other stuff going on too, constantly itchy legs, aching joints, bad bowels, headaches. I finally saw my GP in May 2015, and am still undergoing tests to figure out what’s wrong with me. To begin with, I was almost certain it had to be a thyroid problem. However, I’ve had three thyroid screening tests carried out and every time the results have come back normal.
In the last few months, my symptoms have much worsened. My legs ache CONSTANTLY. I feel like I can’t walk anywhere. I’m constantly exhausted, regardless of how much sleep I have at night (95% of the time, I sleep fine and undisturbed). Joint and muscle aches occur all over my body. I’m constantly getting bad headaches and my vision feels fuzzy, for lack of a better word.
I’m so, so very sick of feeling like this all the time, with no end or answer in sight. Fed up of having to lie to people when they ask how I am, and the few that know I have been feeling unwell, I’m tired of them asking “are you feeling any better?”. I know people mean well, but it’s really getting me down. I feel like nobody really understands how bad I feel, and I feel like most people probably just think I’m exaggerating or just “in a mood”, when in reality, every single thing is a massive effort, yet I still have to carry on normal life and act like I’m just fine.
I should add, I’m a 27 year old female, and up until the last year or so when these symptoms started, I’ve been perfectly healthy.
I know there isn’t an answer, and of course you guys can’t offer me a diagnosis, but I just needed somewhere to vent a little. So thanks for letting me do that.