I suppose I never through of going down this avenue of thought because I didn’t seem to have the common early symptom of numbness and tingling. No double vision. My pains actually originated in my lower back, legs, knees, neck, arms and hands. Couldn’t work out if it was muscular or joints or nerves. Pain would vary between feeling like I had overdone a workout to a sharp pain almost like I’d been stung to throbbing pain in feet and hands.
Gp referred to neuro who after 4 weeks of clinical tests and bloods told me to either see a rheumatologist or a psychologist. I have no history of depression or anxiety so was really confused. During these 4 weeks I had developed tremors in my arms and legs which he dismissed as anxiety and I dismissed as being on a cocktail of heavy drugs (that he put me on) . Went to rheumatologist. Initially written off with fibromyalgia. After weeks of treatment and no change went back asking her to maybe switch med and instead walked out with an arthritis diagnosis (ankylosing spondylitis).
I’m now on no meds because I’m nervous of trying to tell the difference between symptoms and side effects. tremors come and go. Also I’ve notice it’s worse in the heat or when I’ve had a very busy intense day. 3 days ago my tongue starting tingling, then my lips, yesterday my nose felt numb and now this morning I feel like the left side of my face is numb and tingling. its been 3 months since this journey started and for the first time a doctor (my gp) suggested i may want to get an MRI. . If I had MS surely I would have started with the numbness and tingling? Not the muscular pain.
I actually don’t don’t know what to do next. My gp can order the MRI but is he the most qualified to interpret results. My rheumatologist wants to put me on arthritis meds. And the neuro thinks I need a psychologist. Meanwhile I’m limping around because of the pain in my feet (that doesn’t sound like MS does it??)
I know 3 months is not that long compared to other people’s journeys -but it feels like my life has been on hold since all this started I have 4 young kids and I’d really like to get back to normal!!
thanks for for taking the time to hear my drama!!