Thought I'd come here for a bit of advice
I am 49 female and for the last few days have been experiencing numbness in my face - like when a dentist does a filling. My tongue and gums are also numb
I have had numbness in the hands for years, possibly due to a compressed nerve in my neck (diagnosed as tennis elbow, then spondylosis via mri, my feet also tingle with strange feelings in my knees
I don't have any pain anywhere apart from occasional lower lumber and mid back pain.
I don't have any double vision, slurred speech.
I walk a lot and keep relatively fit
I've done some research hence being here. I know that it generally affects younger people, but can arise in my age group.
I've read that if the problem is MS that it could take months/ years to get a proper diagnosis and that there isn't much treatment available.
Early next year I will be 50 and I am planning a massive long-awaited holiday to America and Canada, however, I am fully aware that if I go to the Drs and they refer me to a neurologist I then can't get travel insurance due to having an 'undiagnosed condition'
I've looked at the medicines available and they seem to prevent flare-ups by 30-50% but most of the treatment is physio, exercise, cognitive therapy etc (self managed)
I don't know if I have MS, but if I go to the DRs and get a referral - then my 50th birthday gift won't happen
Any advice - have I read the treatments wrong - is there a point going to the Drs at this point - how long do referrals take
Thanks for your help
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It is not just for MSers but those affected by MS so family etc.
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I have had really painful bouts of facial pain just lately and it is horrible, (Trigeminal Neuralgia - I have been getting problems with this for quite a few years). I have also had a very painful eye as well (Optic Neuritis - one of my first symptons many years ago). I guess it is because I have been having a very busy and stressful time, I'm still visiting my mum every night in hospital and having to clear out her home every weekend, all of which are taking their toll.
It makes me feel like I have half a mouthful of bad teeth and gums and a red-hot needle sticking in my eye; both sets of pain are on the left side. Just as my lower face was settling down a little I had a trip to the dentist this morning and here it goes again...
My dentist is very understanding and my optician too, as he can see the damage done to the nerves when he uses an ophthalmoscope. What makes me mad it that my doctor always tells me that Optic Neuritis isn't painful, you 'just' lose your sight, and that Trigeminal Neuralgia is just occasional stabs. I think my pain is considered atypical but try telling that to my face!!!
Hi all as you know think i am having a bit of a relapse at the moment one of my major things is i get numbness on the left side of my face the other day i got it in my whole face but its back to just the left side now, its worse near the corner of my mouth and its droped a little that side not a lot just more pulled downwards than normal maybe a couple of mm you wouldnt notice unless i pointed it out eeekkk I just keep checking in the mirror to check it hasnt got any worse. Will it get worse do you think ? :help2: Roll on thursday when i see neuro :0/ im scared,
Thanks Tracy Xxx
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