Some background first. My father has progressive MS (diagnosed five years ago), although with hindsight he had probably been exhibiting symptoms for much longer.
Earlier this year, I experienced a numb forefinger and what I would describe as a “sticky” ring finger, both on my right hand. These sensations left me after a few weeks, and I put them down a trapped nerve. In recent weeks, however, I have been experiencing much more persistent and widespread unexplained sensations (numbness in my right wrist, pin pricking sensations in my right foot which are sometimes accompanied by heat, pains in the back of my head, pain in the middle of my spine, a sore neck). Frankly, these are highly concerning.
Given my family history, I arranged to see a neurologist quickly through BUPA and subsequently had an MRI scan. On the basis of my reaction to the neurologist’s various physical checks and an MRI scan that showed no lesions, he pronounced me clear of MS. As the sensations I’m feeling have worsened since the scan, I am becoming less confident that his assessment is correct. I am awaiting results of a subsequent blood test from my GP to look at other possible causes for these feelings, but I am inclined to think MS is the logical reason given my family history and age (39). To add a complicating factor, my wife and I have recently been going through an incredibly stressful event in our family life. Could these sensations be stress-related? It strikes me as being a coincidence rather than cause. My neurologist, aware of the event happening in my family life, suggested further tests when that issue had settled down (which could be a few more months yet). But I’m wondering if I should encourage him to revisit his original assessment and soon. In that context, would a lumber puncture test help?
Thanks for any light you can shed on the above.