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Hi, my name is zfleming. I'm worried about a multitude of symptoms that seem to indicate multiple sclerosis.
I'm 35 year old white male. Around two weeks ago, I noticed a zing going down my back, arms, and legs whenever I shifted my eyes laterally. The zing is not painful per se, but like an electrical current. I didn't think much of it, because I already had an appt with my doctor for an annual physical, so I was planning to bring it up then. A week ago, I began having vertigo and nausea. Once again, I just decided to wait to see the doctor. Things progressively got worse, and I noticed that I kept tensing up incredibly tight. I would become conscious of the tensing and relax, but 10 minutes later I would be totally tensed up again. A few nights ago, my chest started to ache. It felt like there was a steel band around my chest that contracted whenever I breathed. The next day, I woke up and could hardly walk I was so dizzy, also my back hurt like I had worked out, and I had blurry vision. My wife convinced me to go to the emergency room to see what was going on. I got in the exam room and they did an ekg and took x-rays of my chest - both negative. They gave me a pill for the vertigo and sent me home with a prescription for the dizzy pills.
I had been resistant to doing any type of research on my own because I didn't want to self-diagnose or anything like that, but at that point I started looking into the symptoms and discovered that my symptoms matched well with multiple sclerosis. On top of that, I am suffering from other symptoms that I thought had nothing to do with my dizzyness such as becoming extremely tired randomly, an excruciating pain that shoots through my body when my neck moves a certain way, hand and feet tingling, a feeling of my legs floating in the air whenever I was stretched out, and the one that really struck me: uncontrollable weeping. I almost never cry, maybe twice in the past ten years. I have had at least 4 crying fits in the past week. I can't overstate how out of character this is for me. I was a Sergeant in the USMC - it had been drilled into me that any percieved weakness should never be shown, thus no crying.
After a bit of research, I was able to put names to these symptoms: optical neuritis for the eye thing, MS hug for the steel band around my chest, Lhermitte sign for the excruciating pain in my neck (I have experienced this for years and had just learned to not move my neck around 😁), spasticity for the involuntary contractions.
Despite all of this, I am filled with doubt if this really is MS. I have an appt with my GP in two days. Its a VA doctor and I'm afraid he will just dismiss these symptoms like the emergency room dr did. On the other hand, I don't want to lead him to a diagnoses that he doesnt think fits. I'm aware that it must be a neurologist that diagnoses MS, but I don't want to force a referral if the dr doesn't come to that conclusion on his own. I'm not sure how to handle this situation, any advice given will be appreciated. #MightyTogether #MultipleSclerosis