This is my second home just now. The thing is, I'm seeing a GP at my surgery next week and I really, really want her to listen to my concerns. It might sound a daft question, but what is the best approach?
I'm naturally quite a reserved person, and I don't think I fight my corner too well. I now know I REALLY have to; I'm not getting any better - so many awful, random symptoms that I need to get to the bottom of - I can't stand the thought of being sent away with pills to mask my symptoms again!!!!
Should I take my husband? I've taken lists of symptoms in the past, and the GP has looked at me like I'm being overly paranoid and suggested I go on anxiety medication. I feel I never really get listened to. Where am I going wrong???
Please help. Jan.
Hi all, my names Bec and i'm a 40 year old married mum of 3 teenagers.
I was admitted to hospital this year with right hand and arm numbness as well as weakness in the whole of my right side. All the results came back clear and i left hospital thinking it was "just one of those things". I went back to work after two weeks and within another two weeks my right shin and foot had gone numb, i was exhausted all of the time and my memory and word recall mid conversation was very noticable and embarrassing. An emergency visit to my GP resulted in me being signed off work and told not to drive. That same weekend i struggled with walking and couldn't manage the stairs, my son and husband carried me to bed :(.
Since then i've developed severe dizziness, sickness and nausea and feel like i'm walking in quicksand.
I have an appointment with the neurologist on the 28th of this month and have spent alot of time researching MS and do feel i have in the past or recently displayed most of the symptoms and have written a daily diary and a prior symptoms list going back at least 10 years. The last thing i want the neurologist to think is that i've self diagnosed and sound like a hypochondriac!
I'm having a bad time at the moment accepting all of this and so are my family. Any help and advice on what to ask the neurologist and how to approach my "self diagnosis" will be greatly appreciated. :)
My name is Ally and I am from North Yorkshire. I am 43 and live alone and getting more than a little concerned that I might be diagnosed with MS.
About a year ago I started getting very severe headaches that lasted 3-5 days at a time, my eyesight also deteriorated....but I just lived with it and carried on as best I could.
Two months ago I went to the opticians as things were getting intolerable and I was getting pretty fed up with it, I assumed (like you do) that my eyes needed testing.
Anyway, cutting a long story very short, I went to optician, he did the usual tests, scratched his head and told me he needed to contact my GP. Next thing I know, I get a call from GP saying she had referred me to neurologist, two weeks later appointment arrives and off I go. He does checks etc asks questions and completely baffles me with science. He asked me to stand with eyes closed and I fell over to the right. He books me for MRI and to see neuro opthalmologist (sp).
Had the MRI and got a weird letter from him...
I do not understand a word of that.
Last Friday I saw the neuro opthalmologist, he did lots of checks and tests...I am VERY light sensitive, I cannot discern shapes when looking at the colour blind tests but can tell colours (albeit they are mushed together) and my eyes really really hurt like red hot pokers stuck into them.
The neuro opthalmologist is arranging more tests including the visual evoke one? and also a biopsy of the artery at the side of my face and one that shows up the veins etc on a scan of my head and neck.
This has sent me into a complete tailspin as I did overhear the neuro opthalmologist mention to his colleague 'hmmmm...MS?'
Sorry for the huge length of my first post, but the imagination is now running riot
Been a while since I last popped in. Been busy with my course and family issues, and under the belief that everything was actually going okay. Well okay so my eyes kept putting distance between themselves, but hey I could deal with that, mostly because I didn't notice it.
'Course, because I haven't been thinking about it, I've been perfectly happy getting on with my life, sans my parents reminding me to get on the injections. Well to do that I'd need to get some anti-depressants, and finding a good doctor round here hasn't been easy. Hopefully I'm a small step closer, now, with one round the corner, and now Uni's out I'm not likely to miss any appointments.
This is all trivial and space-filling. I'll get to the point.
A couple months ago, I went into A&E. My chest hurt. BAD. I'd just come out of work, and started walking home, only to stop because breathing in was becoming difficult. Went in, had tests... They couldn't find the answer. Though saying that, they were looking at my heart after dismissing the lungs. I went in for another test on my heart, it's fine. I was expecting that.
But the pains haven't stopped, and in certain circumstances can be just as bad. Right in the center of my chest, sometimes worse when I move my arms out... Its horrible.
My family have taken a look at certain records, and apparently this can be a symptom of MS in rare cases... Not nice.
But is it really? Is this really a symptom I should be aware of or should I take myself back up to the hospital for tests for something else?
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