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Multiple Sclerosis? Weakness, Headaches, Vertigo feeling ...

I'm a bit confused. I've had several odd things going on for quite a while, and one of nurses I work with told me I should get tested for MS. Although I think it sounds more like hypoglycemia? I guess both would fit in with the symptoms, just some I don't have, or I have some that aren't listed. So perhaps it's something completely different?

I'm 25 years old. Female. I smoke... I know! I'm 5' 8" and about 175 lbs.

Maybe these are all connected to the same thing... maybe not.

Shaking hands (I noticed this happens mostly when I don't eat and when I eat, it usually lessens or stops.)

Weakness.

Headaches (Usually worsens throughout the day. But I do work on a computer all day long, mind you.)

Vertigo feeling (And not with sudden changes in position. Randomly. I'll feel as though I'm falling over and will have to 'catch myself' by grabbing ahold of something. Usually lasts for a few seconds and is becoming more frequent.)

Blurred vision/Eye pain (I do wear corrective lenses. But I've had them for about a year and a half and possibly just need to get new ones. I've also stopped wearing them at work as they seem to make my headaches worse.)

Migraines (More of a sharp shooting pain aimed at the temples/eyes.)

Muscle spasms (Mostly in the fingers. Even with eating I can hold out my hand and my fingers will move involuntarily.)

Frequent urination (Possibly just over-active bladder.)

Feeling of anxiousness. (My hands have to be in constant movement. If I'm just standing I'll have to play with my necklace or rings or something, I can't sit them still no matter how hard to try.)

Tiredness (Even though I get my 8 hours of sleep every night, it tends to be restless or even when I do sleep fully I am tired all the time.)

Depression (I'm sure this is completely unrelated, butI think I'm possibly manic. I tend to get depressed for no apparent reason and it can last for days, or just hours.)

Mood swings.

Leg pain (Mostly in the ankle and foot. And more specifically my big toe when bending.)

Chest pains (Possibly acid reflux due to smoking.)

Stuttering, slurred speech (Apparently earlier I said drawers when I went to say doors. This happens alot and I'll have to repeat myself. Or I will stop mid sentence and have to start over like I lost my place. Or Slight studdering.)

Thoughts? Opinions? Specific Specialists I should be checking in to?

Any help would be appreciated, as well as ideas as to what all I may/may not have so that I can have an idea of what tests to ask for when I go in. I'd hate to get a line of completely unnecessary tests if there's no way this all fits into something.

Thanks for helping! Very Happy
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replied September 11th, 2007
Re: Multiple Sclerosis? Weakness, Headaches, Vertigo Feeling
Fatalia wrote:
I'm a bit confused. I've had several odd things going on for quite a while, and one of nurses I work with told me I should get tested for MS. Although I think it sounds more like hypoglycemia? I guess both would fit in with the symptoms, just some I don't have, or I have some that aren't listed. So perhaps it's something completely different?

I'm 25 years old. Female. I smoke... I know! I'm 5' 8" and about 175 lbs.

Maybe these are all connected to the same thing... maybe not.

Shaking hands (I noticed this happens mostly when I don't eat and when I eat, it usually lessens or stops.)

Weakness.

Headaches (Usually worsens throughout the day. But I do work on a computer all day long, mind you.)

Vertigo feeling (And not with sudden changes in position. Randomly. I'll feel as though I'm falling over and will have to 'catch myself' by grabbing ahold of something. Usually lasts for a few seconds and is becoming more frequent.)

Blurred vision/Eye pain (I do wear corrective lenses. But I've had them for about a year and a half and possibly just need to get new ones. I've also stopped wearing them at work as they seem to make my headaches worse.)

Migraines (More of a sharp shooting pain aimed at the temples/eyes.)

Muscle spasms (Mostly in the fingers. Even with eating I can hold out my hand and my fingers will move involuntarily.)

Frequent urination (Possibly just over-active bladder.)

Feeling of anxiousness. (My hands have to be in constant movement. If I'm just standing I'll have to play with my necklace or rings or something, I can't sit them still no matter how hard to try.)

Tiredness (Even though I get my 8 hours of sleep every night, it tends to be restless or even when I do sleep fully I am tired all the time.)

Depression (I'm sure this is completely unrelated, butI think I'm possibly manic. I tend to get depressed for no apparent reason and it can last for days, or just hours.)

Mood swings.

Leg pain (Mostly in the ankle and foot. And more specifically my big toe when bending.)

Chest pains (Possibly acid reflux due to smoking.)

Stuttering, slurred speech (Apparently earlier I said drawers when I went to say doors. This happens alot and I'll have to repeat myself. Or I will stop mid sentence and have to start over like I lost my place. Or Slight studdering.)

Thoughts? Opinions? Specific Specialists I should be checking in to?

Any help would be appreciated, as well as ideas as to what all I may/may not have so that I can have an idea of what tests to ask for when I go in. I'd hate to get a line of completely unnecessary tests if there's no way this all fits into something.

Thanks for helping! Very Happy


Hi Fatalia. The nurse at your work may have a point. Most, if not all, of the symptoms you noted could be related to MS. My advice (and I am also a nurse, and I have MS) would be to see your primary care physician and maybe get them to point you in the right direction. My only other suggestion would be to try a neurologist. But I would see the general practitioner first and get that opinion. Like you said, you don't want to have a bunch of unnecessary tests or expenses for doctor visits.

PS: I sent you a PM.

Take care of yourself. - T
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replied March 8th, 2010
Hi
I have all the same and more symptoms as above. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but i do get muscle pain alongside those other symptoms, and sleep problems too, yours sounds very similar, especially the unrefreshed sleep, as people who have fibromyalgia do not enter REM sleep, the restorative sleep, we usually only get as far as dream state. Many people with fibromyalgia, have different symptoms, but the main ones are those you listed as above. A few yrs ago many specialists didnt believe in fibromyalgia and it was said to be in our heads, but now it has been scientifically proven that it is very real, and that we actually suffer more pain, than some of the worse diagnosis.
good luck and i hope that whatever you have going on, is actually curable.
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replied March 31st, 2010
Could be MS I have MS and a lot of theses symptoms. My neorealist told me that headaches were not MS related, but I have headaches everyday all day. Get your doctor to have MRI and Lumbar puncture to find out if it’s MS or not. Hopefully not.
Good Luck

For a good web sight on MS try Patients Like Me Do a search not to hard to find defiantly worth is.
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