I am new to this forum and let me preface this with saying that I am a Grade A hypochondriac. I know this about myself, and have displayed a consistent pattern of turning minor symptoms in major illnesses in past, all of which have proven to be nothing. It doesn't help that I'm also a second year medical student and I spend day after day learning about terrible diseases. That being said, this time I'm terrified I'm right. Also, to make matters worse, it's not me with the symptoms, it's my gf. So here is goes:
She is 25 and otherwise healthy. No family history of MS. Last week, she started having numbness on her left side in her arm and leg (mostly from the knee down). Not on her torso though. Since then, it has come and gone, but has been mostly present. Sometimes it feels worse. She also suffers from RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome) and has for many years now. Other than that, she hasn't really had other MS symptoms that she's mentioned. Sure, she feels tired often but she also works hard and doesn't get enough sleep. Definitely no Optic Neuritis, and no reported sensitivity to heat.
I made her go see her doctor on Tuesday, who didn't freak out over these symptoms (obviously), but did tell her to keep a journal and write down when they happen again. She also seemed a little concerned over my gf's frequent headaches (~2/wk) but that has been going on for awhile. I also get headaches, as I'm sure many people do.
PLEASE, I know you are not doctors and have no access to an MRI, but PLEASE someone tell me something! I read the 'newcomers worried about MS thread' several times, and while I found it somewhat reassuring, I still don't believe it applies in THIS case. I'm stressing like mad, although trying not to show it because I don't want to stress her out too. In my head I've already diagnosed her. I have no one to talk to about my fears, so I turn to the internet...