i’m sure lots of aspects to this will have been mentioned lots of times already so forgive me for repeating what is no doubt a very common situation.
I started having a tingling in my legs 4 years ago. Over time I also began to feel extreme fatigue - to the point where most days I spend on the settee & walking even short distances can be exhausting. After years of trying to get the doc to take this seriously I eventually badgered them into testing - there then followed years of different tests for Diabetes, ME, Fibromyalgia etc etc. I was found to have low vitamin B (for which i’m having jabs) & low Vitamin D (taking supplements for that). Anyway, at that point my doc was more or less fed up with me asking for more investigations. I eventually had to complain to the practice manager. Not much happened after that until I did some research on a chemical I use in my work. One of the symptoms of exposure to this is tingling, fatigue - peripheral neoropathy. So I went back to my doc & more or less demanded I be referred to a neurologist.
Anyway, after waiting some time I had my appointment with him today. He carried out reflex tests (knees, arms etc), got me to stand on tiptoes, follow his finger, look up & down etc & also pricked me with a small needle - all of which I felt ! However he didn;t do the Babinski test (running an object down the side of the foot - yes ?). He told me he doesn’t think I have peripheral neuropathy but then dropped the 'i’m referring you for an MRI as you’re reflexes on one side are more firm than the other (I couldn’t tell any difference so it must have been quite subtle) & that could be a sign of demyelination & MS. At that point I have to admit I went into a bit of a fog. I have a good friend with MS & so I suppose its natural that my experience of MS is through their MS. Over the years of knowing this friend i’ve researched the condition somewhat but the specialist said a few things that confused me, for example he said that some people have MS without any symptoms really or that they don’t have any effect on their usual lives. I have to admit that I didn’t know that & am asking myself whether he was trying to reassure me.
I don’t really know what i’m asking here - I guess lots of folks who hear the words MS want to talk, to find out more etc & don’t really know if there is anything they can ask that would help. I have to wait a couple of weeks he thinks for the MRI & then said it could be 3 months (from today) before I hear anything. I suppose that’s normal but its a long time to not know ! He’s also told me to come back for blood tests. I’ve had tons of blood tests since this all started so I know a bit about those - what would he be looking for in the blood tests ?