I have MS worries for slightly over a month already. After spending a while reading through this forum and telling myself that it is anxiety coupled with several pinched nerves due to muscle tension, I chanced upon an old thread about this person who also worried about MS and was later diagnosed with a mild version of it after an MRI, despite earlier tests like NCS and EMG being normal! This got me worried again because the symptoms she described sounded similar to mine, except hers was numbness in both feet and one calf, whereas mine was more widespread, although I do have numbness in my feet and calf too.
I know nobody here can diagnose anything, but I would like to know if this sounds like anxiety based on your knowledge.
My symptoms started with a slight tingling on my upper left back. It occured for about a week (without any other symptoms) but after a week, I felt the tingling seem to become more intense. Got worried and googled, which was a big mistake. Dr Google told me that numbness and tingling was a hallmark symptom of MS, and that often first symptoms are tingling/numbness in extremities. Then I thought, well I only have it in my back, so it doesn't sound like MS.
Well what do you know, over the next few days I started experiencing more tingling and numbness all over! I had tingling and numbness in my right side of my right foot at first. This lasted about a week, before switching to the left side of my left foot instead, which remains somewhat numb up to this day. When I say 'somewhat numb', I mean I don't feel that it is numb until I run my finger lightly on the skin and compare it to my other foot, and the sensation seems duller.
Also, I had tingling in the lower half of my left calf, which lasted for a few hours but is since gone and has not recurred.
Concurrently, my left side of the left hand is intermittently numb and/or tingling. Sometimes it affects only my fourth and fifth fingers, sometimes the left side of the hand instead. A small patch of skin at the left elbow has a reduced sensation as compared to my right elbow. It sounds like ulnar nerve compression but I don't really know if this is true. But I do have this bad habit of resting my left elbow on the table and putting my head on my palm, whenever I'm working at the computer.
Sometimes my fingertips will go numb too, most often my left middle finger but it can also happen to other fingers in the same hand and also my right hand fingers too.
Meanwhile, my upper left back numbness hasn't gone away. It seems constantly numb, but I have noticed a pattern after these weeks. I don't feel any tingling when my back is straight, but when I bend forward or slouch in my chair, the tingling usually occurs, although not all the time. A month ago, the tingling was quite annoying and I always felt it, but these days it seems to be improving - hardly tingles even if I bend over or engage in some major slouching. I am exercising more these days and am eating vitamin B pills which were prescribed by my doctors. (Yes, I have seen 2 GPs over my whole body numbness and both of them said it's probably anxiety and muscle issues). What worries me slightly is that I read that heat intolerence is a symptom of ms. I noticed that sometimes my back will tingle slightly at the same spot when I am cooking at the stove, even though I am not bending over.
Also, I am not sure if this has to do with anything, but a few weeks ago (after I had the back numbness and hands/feet numbness) I sat on a few heart-stopping roller coasters where I was trashed around in my seat. The next day, my lower back was painful if I leaned against it on the seat. The following day, the back of my right upper thigh and the right side of my genitals started becoming numb and tingle very shortly after I sit down (in a normal position). This resolves as soon as I stand up but it recurs everytime I sit down. Is this due to a pinched nerve from the back injury? My lower back is no longer painful. The pain went away after 1-2 days but the numbness problem persists.
Lastly, I know statistically I don't fit the ms profile. Although I am female aged 22, I am a chinese living in the tropics, where MS is far rarer than in caucasians living in temperate countries. But, I am still worried!
So overall a summary of my symptoms:
1. upper back numbness which tingles when I lean over
2. partial hand/feet/leg numbness on both hands and legs, but more often on my left side
3. fingertip numbness which goes away after an hour or so, or even less than that
4. upper thigh numbness and tingling upon sitting down
Plus, I had these other symptoms which I am not sure is related.
1. Muscle twitches. I always had those, except I never attributed it to anything until recently.
2. Whole body itchiness when I step out from a shower
3. A sudden sharp (but mild) pain in the corner of my left eye that goes away quickly and seldom recurs
4. Sudden cold feeling on my scalp and face (which I think was due to a panic attack). It went away overnight and has not recurred since
Sorry for the long post, but I really hope to get some reassurance here. I have a long-awaited appointment with a neurologist tomorrow and I hope that he will give me the all-clear! Frankly speaking, I hope I don't have to go through a MRI because of the cost and the fear of undergoing medical tests. I have read on this forum about people whose doctors didn't send them for MRIs because MS was thought to be unlikely enough to not warrant a MRI for checking.
Thank you for reading. I will post a reply back here after my appointment.