After reading various post on this site over the last few weeks, I thought I’d finally take the plunge and join you all. I’ve gone from being a normal, relatively active 48 year old to creeping around everywhere terrified I’m going to fall, and having to use a stick to keep my balance when I’m out and about, in about 10 weeks. It started with a patch of numbness on my big toe, progressed through pins and needles and tingling in my feet, to electric shocks and feeling like my muscles in my legs are soggy, water-laden memory foam which don’t really belong to me very much. My ankles keep giving out, and I’m tending to scuff my foot when I walk and trip over nothing. The pain in my legs is so constant - there everyday but in varying degrees admittedly. Various other symptoms including chronic fatigue, inability to think and losing my train of thought (because I can’t remember what I was talking about!), blurred vision, clumsiness and losing the strength in my hand sometimes. New symptom is feeling sometimes like I’m being held in a half nelson which compresses my chest and neck.
Really fed up that I can’t even take a bath as the hot water hurts even more in my legs, and today to top it off, even a shower made my legs feel like they were going to cramp up
I’ve had an MRI and see my Neuro on Monday for the first time. I’m really scared that I have MS, but also strangely scared that it isn’t if that makes sense - because I don’t know what else it could be. Starting to get really depressed now as there’s so much I can no longer do, including driving and going to work. Any advice?