Hi, I am 21 years old and starting a few months ago, I have been having some weird health issues.
In early March of 2013, I had been diagnosed with a prostate infection. (They really suck) Not too long after this had happened, I had some very bad flu symptoms that the doctor at the ER called a "Malaise illness". Well, before I had gone to the ER, I was googling all these symptoms that I had, and what do you know, it all pointed to leukemia. For about a week I was almost convinced that I had Leukemia and I was going to die. When I asked the doctor if he thought I might have leukemia, he told me "There's no way I could know that." This didn't help me at all. (I know this doesn't seem like an MS story but I will get there, just adding some background information that may help you to understand why health issues concern me so much.) Well, after most of the flu symptoms had gone away, except the malaise feeling all the time, I had then started looking for other answers from the all mighty internet. My prostate infection at this point hadn't fully gone away, and I was convinced that the flu I had encountered was the flu that someone would get after being exposed to the HIV virus. So for a couple months, I thought that I may be harboring a deadly virus and I had basically set a life sentence of worry for myself. I had pains that I thought were from the lymph nodes (Neck, armpit, groin), but the doctor told me that there was no enlargement so it was unlikely.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was on the computer playing a game with my friend, and my left pinky seemed to lose a bit of functionality. It wasn't terrible to the point where I couldn't move it, it just felt weaker than usual. It seemed to go away after a day or so, but being the person I am who was already worried about HIV still at this point, I had looked up what it could have been and what do you think the first link I clicked on was about? Multiple Sclerosis. That's where it started. very soon after that, maybe around the same time exactly i'm not sure, I started getting these feelings like bugs were landing on me and crawling on my skin (Formication). I thought this was due to the fact that I had just put my air conditioner in and moths were getting in and landing on me and such. This went away for about a week but MS was still in the back of my mind, along with HIV still at this point. Somewhere in there I started getting weird head aches in my temples. I have also recently taken care of an abscessed tooth that I had developed back in 2010. They had started a root canal but because I don't have insurance, we couldn't get the whole procedure and so I let it go for far longer than I should have. Just got it taken out like 2 weeks ago.
A couple weeks ago, I started having eye pains, 1 black floater, parathesia all over the body, the head ache seemed to have migrated onto the top of my head and it fluctuated between a feeling that my head was boiling (I don't know how to explain it really) and it felt kind of numb. As soon as all this started, you better believe silly old me started panicking and frantically started looking up symptoms online, further securing my self-diagnosis of MS.
The retention from my prostate infection never really went away, I know these infections can linger and come back at any time, but retention is also a symptom of MS. Also, when i realized that fecal incontinence was a symptom of MS, I started feeling like it would just start coming out of my bottom, but when I went to wipe, there was generally nothing there. Now most recently, and the most scary for me is that I have started developing weakness in both of my arms, in the pinky of my right hand, and when I wake up, my hands are numb. This morning I had bilateral ulnar claws.
I'm really freaking out, I have went to the doctor and he thinks it's just anxiety. He is just a general practitioner though, he looked at my eyes and said he didn't think I had optic neuritis, but he's not an ophthalmologist, so I don't know. All my blood tests came back fine, which was distressing because I wanted all of this to be something less debilitating like Hypothyroidism or Hypoglycemia. I asked him to do some vitamin D and b-12 tests and I am currently awaiting those results. I am really hoping that it is just anxiety, it just seems like all of these symptoms are so indicative of MS that it is hard to get it out my head, you know? I read Pan's sticky and it was very enlightening, but it is still scary, because I have so many symptoms, and I can't stop looking through the internet.
Thanks for reading this long drawn out post, but I think it was necessary to get some opinions from people who have dealt with similar things, and I really hope it's anxiety.