Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:19 pm
Hello... I wanted to see anyone here could offer some advice. Im going through a lot of strange symptoms, my dr is now checking me for autoimmune disorders and also MS and this is why..

Back in July i became ill with appendicitis and gallbladder disease. While i was sick i experienced my knee swelling up.I and my dr thought it was runners knee since i was always very active and i love to run. I got surgery in Aug and spent a month recovering, my knee was fine during this time, however it never returned to feeling completely normal. In sept it flared up again, heat made it puffier. Figured i needed to lay off running again. however its never gotten better.

2 months ago, i went to the eye dr for pain, blurry vision, & floaters in my right eye,. He checked the overall health of my eye and it is fine, so he decided to order an MRI of my eyes to see inside after finding out that my my prescription is fine and i've also lost some ability to see bright colors in it. That was surprising to me. They explained optic neuritis to me but didnt say much about MS except that some young women my age(im 24) do develop MS. He said it could be nothing, or maybe a sinus issue. I didnt take any of that seriously and i knew nothing about this optic neuritis.

So fast forward to a week and a half ago. I was awoken by horrible tightening around my sides along with "spasms". I seriously thought it was my kidneys or something it was so incredibly uncomfortable. This happened 2 or 3 nights in the past week. Just this past thurs, i woke up vomiting...thought i had a stomach bug and it very well could've been. HOwever that night, BOTH my knees began aching, i have muscle twitching all over my body..from my shoulders down to my toes..around my knees and my elbows. Pressure on my spine to where it made me nauseous(this first started in july when i got sick & happens off and on). I decided to go to our urgent care because all of these symptoms together were awful. I was there only an hour as soon as the dr walked in he asked if i had ever been tested for anything autoimmune. He ordered the blood work and i saw my primary dr who wasnt thrilled about the muscle twitching or my eye and once again brought up MS. She wants to see what the MRI of my eyes shows(i get it next week as well as my blood work results) and she said i may have to go through another series of MRI's (brain & spine).

My husband and I are both a little scared at the fact that theyre even considering MS. Hes deployed and really worried. Autoimmune disorders do run in my family.. as does fibromyalgia which was my original diagnosis.. first time was when i was 13 because i have had horrible muscle pain and stiffness for 11 yrs as well as bad fatigue. These other symptoms are new... and a little scary. Other small symptoms i have had over the past 6 months are numbness and tingling in my hand... i.e. driving with my hand up or holding my phone my hand will go numb. Same with my feet, say if i cross my legs. Stabbing pain in theside of my head as as my neck and a terrible shooting pain from my head down my back. My hands have shook SOME since i was a baby my mom has always told me. My joints ache.

I honestly wouldn't be worried about MS if it weren't for my eye... im just wondering what your experiences are... if they're similiar.. if its a high possiblity i could have the disease. What to expect over the time of waiting for blood work and getting MRI's.... sorry so many questions! Im sure you all know how nerve wracking it is waiting around.

Thanks for reading all this!
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replied November 21st, 2013
Thank you for the posting on our forum. I did not precisely get the story with optic neuritis. Do you have it or not based on an eye doctor exam? Based on your description, you don't have symptoms consistent with MS. Even if you have optic neuritis it is not MS yet. You would have just an increased chance of developing MS. If MRI shows no demyelinating lesions, then the chance of developing MS in the future drops even further.
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