Hello, well this is my first post on here. Maybe I could share a little information and ask if anyone has any thoughts at all.
I am 29 years old, male. and believe I may have MS. I know some information about MS, as my mother has had it for over 30 years but she copes very well and generally does not talk to much about her condition. But a few months back, I was at the point where I could barely lift my legs, to walk or stand. They felt very heavy, I had massive waves of tingling, and felt like they did not belong to me. I also have had issues with my balance being light headed and dizzy. Apart from my legs, I have had other issues, with tingling in my hands, severe headaches, blurred vision in one eye, and general weekness and fatigue.
Several months ago, I was admitted into hospital whilst I underwent some tests. The main being an MRI of my brain and spine (without contrast) and a lumbar puncture. The specialist came back with the results of these both being clear. They never managed to diagnose me with anything and just asked me to rest for a further 4 weeks.
Before this happened, I would consider myself a fairly fit and able person.
Many Weeks on, I have improved somewhat, but still am not fully recovered. I continously have the waves of tingling in my legs, i get twitches and sharp pains in the tops of my legs. If I do more than about half an hour of walking or an hour of driving it gets much worse. My legs ache and I become extremely exhausted.
Some days after work I have fallen asleep almost straight away. My job isnt particularly difficult, just office work. I find that sitting at the desk constantly with these feelings in my legs and arms, its very uncomfortable and I find it very difficult to look at a computer screen and concentrate.
Some other unusual things I have noticed is that I have become quite forgetful. I know this can be caused by MS as my mother seems to have quite a poor short term memory. For example, the other day I went out to my car to get phone charger for a friend, I got to the car opened it up, and stood there for about 10 minutes while i tried to remember exactly what it was I was doing at my car.
I also find myself getting extremely hot and bothered, even on days which are quite mild. I have to wear shirt and tie at work, and find I am constantly having to undo and loosen the tie I am so hot and I have a desk fan blowing on me constantly.
Of course I know people cannot diagnose me with MS until there is evidence, but during the early stages of MS, would it be possible that the MRI and a Lumbar puncture would not show anything up?
And is it true like the neuro said to me, I am at greater risk of getting MS because my mother has it also?
Can anyone relate to the symptoms I am having at all?
I am sorry for the really long post, I do not want to bore anyone I have tried to keep it to the minimum. I am really struggling day to day and people take one look at me and dont realise how difficult I am finding dealing with these problems.
It would be great to hear from any of you who maybe have been in similar situation or have any advice.