I've been having some pretty painful, uncomfortable, annoying and varying symptoms for quite some time so feeling quite frustrated now. I'm a 23 year old woman and had my first child in July 2009. A couple of months later in October I started getting unexplained tingling in my feet and hands. It was just annoying rather than painful and after about 7 weeks it stopped so I didn't know what to make of it. A couple of months later in February 2010 this tingling came back but it was coupled with shooting pains down my arms. It was still just annoying rather than painful and I also had suffered from a bad back for several years so thought it was probably related to that. I've never known what caused my back ache and was told by the doctor I was too young for a bad back and it would get better itself so was just waiting it out. After 5 weeks it went so I thought nothing of it again. 2 months later this came back but then I experienced electric shock feelings in both legs and down my arms. My legs were feeling stiff all the time and I found it hard to get around because I was so uncomfortable and exhausted despite not over exherting myself. I've always been an active person walking everywhere so it was strange that short distances were too much for me. I also started experiencing muscle twitches in my hands and my calves which lasted for several minutes and I would get them several times a day. I also felt quite dizzy with everything spinning around me. I was stumbling a lot and noticed I dragged my left foot a bit if I had been walking for longer than 10 minutes. I also had several incidents where my left leg went weak and I had to grab hold of my pram to stop myself falling.
I booked an appointment with the GP and was given an appointment with a neurologist in June 2010. After being examined and having the various tests to check my reflexes and walking I was told there was definitely stiffness in my left leg and something was going on so I was getting booked in for an mri and also have my blood tested. I asked if she had any idea of what it could be and was told probable M.S due to my symptoms and the fact my granddad also has it.
I had the MRI in August 2010 and the results came back inconclusive. Nothing showed up on the MRI but apparently the images were not very clear so it was regarded as inconclusive. My bloods also came back fine. The neurologist wanted me to be admitted in to hospital so they could do more tests including a lumbar puncture and other scans. I didn't have this done. I have the biggest phobia of needles to the point I have been suffering from this mystery illness for so long without a diagnosis and no treatment. I recently had my second baby and enjoyed a clear up of symptoms throughout the pregnancy but since she turned 4 weeks all my symptoms have returned. I've had burning pains in my arms and legs constantly for the past 3 and a half weeks. I'm having twitches in my face and my left cheek feels partially numb. I've struggled to use my hands and can't grip things very well. My hands, feet, leg and upper back keeps twitching as well. I've had pains in my chest (tightening and a spasm pain) but don't know whether this is related . Is there any possibilty of getting a diagnosis without this lumbar puncture? I'm terrified of something happening to me because I have a small child and a baby but that fear doesn't over-ride my fear of needles. Can my symptoms be treated if nothing else? I've contacted my GP and being referred back to the neurologist but I know I'll probably just endure my symptoms again rather than go through getting a diagnosis because I'm too afraid of the tests involved.