Hi, I’m new to all this and hope I’m not wittering on. Just feel lost at the moment.
In 2009 I started suffering with “black spots” in my field of vision in my left eye, this made me feel nauseous and left me unable to drive. I was sent to see an eye specialist who (after many tests) put it down to migraines even though I’d never really suffered so much with headaches. I thought nothing much of it and gradually over a couple of months it went away. Then one morning 6 months later I woke up feeling numb down my left side, it crossed my mind that this could be something to do with the previous migraine problems even though I had no headache, so I went to my GP who swiftly sent me to hospital. I had an MRI done which showed a glioma (or lesion) on my lower right thalamus, I just happened to walk past a doctor looking at my scan and clearly caught a glimpse of this Glioma which was a bit scary. The Neurologist came to see me later that day and took no time in telling me that I had a brain tumour and proceeded to tell me in great detail what type he thought it was etc.
After many trips to the hospital to see neurologists and surgeons it turned out it wasn’t a tumour as the glioma was fading but MS was mentioned as one possiblity.
4 years down the line and I’m still none the wiser, I’ve had weakness in my limbs, extreme fatigue, eye sight problems, aching joints, shooting pains like I’m being jabbed with a cattle prod, bladder problems, heat intolerance, Vitamin D deficiency, memory problems and probably other symptoms I’ve forgotten. At first things were few and far between but now the pain seems to be coming more often than its going and for much longer, I’ve tried amytriptiline, gabapentin, co-codamol and I’m currently on tramadol and pre-gabelin. None of these have worked very well.
I’ve had various trips to the Neurologists, lumbar puncture came back normal (with an ever so slight protein abnormality, not sure what that means) and my EVP came back normal. I’ve seen several different Neuroligists but one suggested that the 1st episode I had with my eye could have been optic neuritis and that they’ve taken so long to do the EVP (2 years later) that it’s possible it’s been missed.
I’m at my whit’s end now, I have no diagnosis, I’m in really bad pain, I have no support (other than my wonderful wife) and every time I tell the doctors they just try me on new pain killers, I was supposed to see the pain therapist but they cancelled on me because they suggested I only needed drug therapies, the neurology department won’t scan me anymore unless something “significant” happens (loss of use of limbs etc), could more lesions not appear without me having a significant change? Does anybody else suffer like this? Am I wrong to feel let down by the NHS? I mean I’m not suggesting I do have MS but something is wrong and it all seems a bit coincidental.