Hello and thank you in advance to anyone who may offer advice to me. I had an MRI for something unrelated to MS a few months ago and they happened to find some brain lesions. I had no symptoms of numbness, losing feeling or any vision problems so the MS specialist I saw wanted to have a wait and see approach and redo the MRI at a later date.
The doctor wasn’t prepared to diagnose me as having MS. I broached the possibility if the lesions were from bad reactions from paints, as being a painter I’ve had reactions like brain fog, lethargy, and what felt like possible inflammation of my head from paints. I’ve had issues with bad inflammation in my body causing injuries. Also have psoriasis and healed from psoriatic arthritis. Just to give an overview of my body. Him and another neurologist didn’t think the lesions could be caused by strong paints.
Since the MRI, which I had a bad reaction to the contrast(caused me severe lethargy and headaches for days), I have since developed chemical sensitivities. I was getting more stronger reactions to paints and other everyday chemicals now. Causing lethargy, fatigue and brain fog.
I did some work outside on a home, used a mild chemical(sodium percarbonate/ basically oxyclean) to clean mold in the sun. When I got home to wash my face my left eyebrow was numb. Next day I experienced lethargy, brain fog and was thinking clearly for a bit. The numbness went to the forehead above left eyebrow. I saw a general doctor because I was nervous about it being an immediate problem, that he ruled out. Recommended I see the neurologist as soon as I can. The past couple days
I’ve done my best to try and not work out in the sun(as I know heat can cause problems for MS sufferers). But the numbness has gradually gotten worse. The brain fog only last the first day but I’ve had weird situations like the top/ back of my head feeling numb in my brain. I’m just worried about the possible multiple sclerosis, yes. But worried if it might be the aggressive type. It’s a bad time for me as I cannot take off work to rest. And I’m worried if I am doing more damage.
I don’t know if there is any little everyday things to help not make it worse. Maybe knowledgeable people can offer tips. And if getting numb in areas of the face is common for people with MS. My sister has MS and I am actually working on her house and I haven’t told her because I don’t want her to worry or stress. As I know stress can be a trigger and I don’t want her’s to become worse. I might have to talk to her because I need advice, hopefully people may help me here. Thank you.