I have suspected MS but diagnosis is taking forever on the NHS. I’ve been given an NHS MRI appointment for late January, so have decided to pay privately to get it done sooner.
My question is, should I pay for a head or cervical spine scan? My NHS scan was for both, but doing both privately is expensive for me as a PhD student.
My plan is to scan the region that is most likely to show lesions, on the basis that certain symptoms may correlate with lesions in specific regions? (I’ve no idea if that’s true, just a current working hypothesis. I’m hoping more experienced fellows here do know!)
My symptoms are:
Weakness, numbness, pins and needless, burning, in my hands, arms, legs and feet.
Numbness in groin area (but full control over bladder)
Sharp shooting pain when walking emanating from my feet and shooting up my legs (this was severe 5 weeks ago, but now just a slight tingly and I can very much ignore it)
Pressure on my chest, feeling as if I’m being hugged tightly.
Lack of strength, numbness and sharp pain in fingers (this is by far the most troubling condition). Typing is extremely difficult. I can now only use my index fingers to type. Fingers, suffer from high spasticity, making it difficult to co-ordinate them when typing, tying my laces, cutting my nails, or generally handling things.
NO dizziness. Maybe a little fatigue, occasional throbbing/minor headache but not overly disconcerting.