I am 78 years old. I have been suffering for some years from spinal problems now diagnosed as Spinal Stenosis with associated arthritis. I need to use a wheelchair to go any distance. I use Buprenorphine patches for pain relief fairly effectively.
I have recently experienced several episodes of complete loss of balance. Not the room spinning dizziness but loss of balance to the degree that I am unable to stand without support. My Doctor suspected a slight stroke but a CT scan showed no bleed.
She carried out a series of tests and referred me to the Brain Unit at Southmead Hospital Bristol. The neurologist is organising an MRI which is awaited. From enquiries I have made it would appear highly unlikely that Parkinsons is to blame but I have other symptoms which I am told suggest MS. Bladder problems, areas of severe itching enough to drive you mad with no visible skin cause. Some of the tests which I have had I have clearly failed and my doctor remains concerned.
If I am being stupid and inconveniencing you I apologise. I am, apart from the spinal problems, young for my age and until recently fairly fit and up together but lately the brain box hasn’t been able to function as it should.
Surely I am way too old for MS which all my symptoms seem to point to.
Best wishes to all