Thought I’d come here for a bit of advice
I am 49 female and for the last few days have been experiencing numbness in my face - like when a dentist does a filling. My tongue and gums are also numb
I have had numbness in the hands for years, possibly due to a compressed nerve in my neck (diagnosed as tennis elbow, then spondylosis via mri, my feet also tingle with strange feelings in my knees
I don’t have any pain anywhere apart from occasional lower lumbar and mid back pain.
I don’t have any double vision, slurred speech.
I walk a lot and keep relatively fit
I’ve done some research hence being here. I know that it generally affects younger people, but can arise in my age group.
I’ve read that if the problem is MS that it could take months/ years to get a proper diagnosis and that there isn’t much treatment available.
Early next year I will be 50 and I am planning a massive long-awaited holiday to America and Canada, however, I am fully aware that if I go to the Drs and they refer me to a neurologist I then can’t get travel insurance due to having an ‘undiagnosed condition’
I’ve looked at the medicines available and they seem to prevent flare-ups by 30-50% but most of the treatment is physio, exercise, cognitive therapy etc (self managed)
I don’t know if I have MS, but if I go to the DRs and get a referral - then my 50th birthday gift won’t happen
Any advice - have I read the treatments wrong - is there a point going to the Drs at this point - how long do referrals take
Thanks for your help