Waffles, I've had similar symptoms in the sense that most of my numbness and tingling affects different parts of my body. Sometimes it shifts to another part during the day, sometimes it affects say, my left hand for 1-2 days before leaping to my foot. Somedays I don't feel anything at all. All these symptoms, in retrospect, are actually rather mild and not disabling in any way, but it sure sent me into a frenzy. I still don't know what's going on with me - could be anxiety or pinched nerves or a combination - but I'm awaiting a MRI in August.
As ms affects different people differently, there isn't really any 'hallmark' symptom to it, i.e. if you have that symptom, you MUST have ms. NO. Only a combination of tests can confirm the ms diagnosis. I bet you've been googling. So did I, because I found that sentence of yours familiar. Must have been from the same website, lol.
Anyway, based on what I've read on this forum, from people who have knowledge about how ms generally works, ms first strikes like this:
- numbness/tingling tends to be confined to one part of the body or at the most, one side of the body. Whole body 'migrating' numbness/tingling can occur but this is usually in the later stages of ms after a number of years have passed, not when it first strikes.
- the first symptom tends to be drastic, e.g. one eye suddenly going blind, or severe blurry vision, or numbness so strong you can't walk/move properly
Of course, one can have none of the above and still have ms, or have all of the above and do not have ms. But we HA people really shouldn't worry about ms, because no matter what, it is a fairly rare disease, and this varies between gender and ethnicity and whether you live in the temperate or tropical region. Chances are that you don't have ms, but anxiety. Still, do go and see a doctor about this if you haven't, to rule out other causes (which can be more benign such as a disc issue or pinched nerves).