For the past few months (since mid-April), I’ve been getting some symptoms that may be MS. It started with tingly hands
and feet. They’re also sore and really weak at times. I have some other symptoms (tiredness, light sore heads), but I
sometimes think I’m just being paranoid whenever I get another pain somewhere.
I’ve been to my doctor and got several blood tests (vitamin levels, blood sugar, thyroid, etc) and everything was fine there. His conclusion was that it’s probably nothing and will pass. When I told him I was pretty worried after looking online, he said he didn’t think it sounded like MS, but he would refer me to neurology if it would make me feel better. The waiting time is normally around 4 months, and he said I might not even be seen if the neurologist isn’t convinced. He assured me that since it isn’t starting with just one limb or one side, it’s probably not MS. Am I right in thinking that that doesn’t sound right?
I think I may go private for my neurology appointment. The reason I want a diagnosis soon is that I have a working visa
for Canada. Me and a few friends are planning to go over there for a few years. We’ve already
booked flights for November. If I get diagnosed with MS or something else serious, I won’t be going anymore.
Now, I’m not going to ask if this is MS, because I’m pretty sure the answer will be “maybe, but maybe not”, but I
do want to ask for advice on a few things:
If I am already on the waiting list for a neurology appointment but want to change to go private, how do I go about it, and
are there any good recommendations for the Glasgow area?
After reading some of your stories on here, I can see that there’s a good chance that I’ll be stuck in limboland even
if I do get seen quickly. If I don’t get a diagnosis for whatever I have before November, is it a bad idea to go ahead with my plans for Canada?
Is there anything I can do in the meantime to help with my hands and feet? Any tablets (that aren’t dangerous if I haven’t been diagnosed with anything) that can help?