I first asked a GP about my symptoms back in the late 80s and he told me he suspected a central nervous system disorder after doing the usual neurological tests GPs can do. He referred me to a neurologist.
The neurology appointment and consultation arrived early 1991 and he repeated the same tests the GP had done then said he was all for sending me for further investigations. He then asked me to wait in his side room while he took a look at my medical notes in case he missed something.
After 10 minutes or so he told me that after reading my notes he had decided that since all my symptoms were most likely due to mental health issues (anxiety because I was mum to 2 children with special needs),he felt further investigations weren't needed. I would no doubt get the same response now as I am currently caring for my husband who is terminally ill.
In the 30+years since, all of those symptoms have got a lot more noticeable and others have been added.My current GP knows about the new symptoms but I'm still know nearer getting a diagnosis than I was 30 years ago.
I have had friends accuse me of malingering as I have no diagnosis (dumped friends now) and when I was in a coma following a cardiac arrest four years ago, hospital staff told my husband and my son on different occasions that they thought I was a hypochondriac. I can only assume that this is on my medical records as I hadn't talked to any staff at that point.
I am currently working from home as a writer and also run a bunch of on-line stores so it's not like I am just a lazy so and so.
I'm really posting to say that acceptance without fighting for a diagnosis has simplified my life so much and I am a much calmer and happier person for doing this.
Hi all. Hope everyone is doing as okay as can be! I've had these new symptoms for about .. 2-3 months now.. they're driving me insane.. My jaw/teeth clenching together. I'm not knowingly doing it. Just happens. Starting to really hurt my jaw and teeth from the strain and pressure of it. Also my eyes have been automatically squeezing closed. Sort of a similar feeling to when cutting onions (minus the tears and stinging) but that urge to squeeze the eyes shut. Does anyone else experience these? Thank you!
Here’s an explanation about heat sensitivity and raised body temperature in MS.
Heat – Multiple Sclerosis Research Blog
My thoughts are for our readers with MS who are having to live through and cope with the latest heatwave. The BBC has just reported that this is the hottest late August bank holiday on...
I must admit that I didn’t stop to think that the heat of this weekend is why I’ve been saying my vision seems blurrier than usual! Doh..!
I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2014.
Until the last 6 months, I have been coming down with fever so bad it puts me in bed for days and nights. I'm taking Aubagio 14mg daily. It's really starting to change my life. My gp is useless and does not listen. Neither does my ms nurse . Nothing gets investigated and I feel so let down.
I hope no one minds me joining and posting here. I don't have a diagnosis of MS but I have a long and tedious list of random symptoms. I feel I'm being fobbed off by my GP who seems to think I'm either a hypochondriac or depressed. I don't think I'm either. I know some of the following are normal for a 45 year old working mum, but I'm listing everything to give a full picture...
Stomach issues and weight loss
Twitching muscles / nerves and jerking fingers
Sore, burning patches of skin (shoulder / armpit and thighs)
Weird numb, weak feeling in left forearm
Stiff, weak hands
Blurred vision at times
Lower back pain
Random pins and needles
Poor memory and concentration
Dizziness / feeling spaced out
I've had various tests and the only things that have come up are B12 deficiency (not pernicious anaemia), positive ANA and a hiatus hernia. GP says that none of these are likely to be causing my symptoms. I experienced a sudden earlyish menopause a few years ago but HRT hasn't helped me feel better. GP is reluctant to treat B12 as tests for PA were negative, despite me eating a good diet and taking supplements at the time.
The burning skin, finger jerking and weird feeling in my arm are new symptoms over the past couple of months and are what has led me here.
I know nobody here can diagnose me of course. I just wonder whether my GP should be doing more. They don't seem remotely interested to be honest.
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