I’m new here but not new to possible MS symptoms. I’m 31 but for the last 2-3 years I’ve been experiencing what I think are MS symptoms. back at the end of 2015 I started having this odd feeling of dizziness sort of like i was swaying or for a couple of seconds the feeling like falling backwards if i was sitting in a chair, my head would feel heavy too, these would come and go and I was terrified. It wasn’t aggravated by head movement or eye movements, I went to my go and ENT everything ok with my ears, my GP chalked it up to vitamin d deficiency and gave me some tablets. I continue to have those feelings up until this day except they dont come as often or as strong.
Last year, in January i started having this painful episodes of upper and chest pain, like being constricted, a bit of random tingling over one of my shoulder blades but i work all day in a computer so I thought it was my posture, after a while this dissapeared. Back in august of last year, i woke up one day after heavy, heavy exercise with the left side (waist down) completely numb. I had complete use of the leg but the feeling was just not there, sensations were altered, lots of burning etc. I went to the ER where they did an mri thinking it was a herniated disc and told me my discs were okay, they have me a short package of 6 days oral steroids to take, after having the numbness for about 12 days it went away just as mysteriously as it came. after that I was completely back to normal but then 2018 came. In february I woke up one day with both my legs and feet having weird sensations everything from odd burning, feeling like there were wet spots, random tingling in patches all over my legs, even butt and genitals. This would mostly be aggravated after walking i also had a lot of lower back pain so i thought it was related. I also experienced a slight numbness but not fully just the skin feels different and some times tight. this has been happening ever since but it has gotten better, the episodes dont happen as often, it is greatly reduced and its nowhere as consistent as it was before. my right hand also developed some more pronounced numbness and i get the same tingling and odd sensations in that arm since then BUT i had an mri of my neck and i do have three herniated discs slighlty pusing on the spinal cord. Ive also noticed some of this weird tingling in my stomach and back area. All this time ive walked without issues and (knock on wood) no weakness in either hand or legs. Recently i have been getting pain in my right eye socket and my eye feels tired (ive had this symptom before about two years ago) all this time there has been something telling me there may be something else going on and my gp has finally agreed.
She is sending me for a brain MRI this tuesday and my first neuro appointment is on the 10th of october and Im really scared. Part of me will be relieved to get a diagnosis as i have terrible anxiety and i think is better to know than not to but what terrifies me is what is to come if its ms, since most of my symptoms are related to the sensations in my body I am worried I will lose my ability to walk and this makes me terrified. I know MS affects everyone different but do most people that experience numbness in legs, altered sensations etc mean they will be physically disabled? I am so scared. this has been an extremely stressful year for me as I separated from my husband (divorce to come), lost my dog, changed jobs and Im for the first time facing life by my own.
sorry for the long post, this is the first time i’ve shared my story. thanks in advanced to those who read and reply