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Offline Nomadah

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Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:48:46 AM »
Hi all,

I'm new here and I'm very relieved to find you all.

I had some strange symptoms - the outer side of one big toe has been numb for about 6 months, I have stiffness in my neck and shoulders, I wake up with my teeth clenched together, there is a pain in my lower back (sciatica area) so...all of that I can contribute to a pinched nerve and stress.

About 2 weeks ago, the tip of my tongue started feeling numb and has a little split in it.  That was it.  I was sure I had MS and got into that horrible googling habit and I was so terrified.

So I go to the Dr. and he says he suspect gout!  (What??  I don't even eat red meat!)  And the tongue thing - maybe candida!  What?  So he does blood work and gives me anti-inflamatories and what I think is an anti-biotic for my tongue. 

Leaving the Dr. I felt relieved and good, then once I was home I was convinced he was wrong...which he was.  My blood work is perfect and my tongue is the same.  He says now I should try not to eat anything sour or spicy for a week. 

I feel that the Dr.'s are just stabbing in the dark.  Now I'm thinking MS again, but I'm working hard on letting myself go into that horrible spiral into panic.  I haven't gone to more Dr.s because I'm sort of scared to.

I'm trying to calm myself with meditation, and I took my first Ativan yesterday.  Will not make a habit of it, but I was in such a state I was terrified.

Could my symptoms be MS?

Thank you all so much.

So...blood work comes back absolutely perfect.
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2014, 07:59:09 AM »
Sound like stress and anxiety to me; no MS. I have known 3 people with MS and their
symptoms were difficulty walking and swallowing whole food.
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2014, 08:28:40 AM »
Thank you so much Marc, for responding.  I can't tell you how just reading your post has helped to calm me down. I don't have any problems walking or swallowing.  (looking for a grateful smiley face, but I can't find one :)  )
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2014, 09:55:21 AM »
I've always been terrified of neurological diseases, so I can relate to you, but your symptoms don't sound like MS.  The numb toe thing is probably nerve related, but from an injury etc.  not MS.  It sounds like you are working on your anxiety and that is a good thing - keep it up.

Feel well!
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2014, 10:08:33 AM »
I agree with previous posters. Thumb numbness is most likely due to nerve damage caused by some injury.

Teeth clenched together when you wake up and stiffness in neck and shoulders are all tension/anxiety symptoms.
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2014, 04:14:23 PM »
Just had post and say I have had the EXACT same toe issue as you for a while. It the top of my left big toe. When I flex my toes back I get pins and needles in only my big toe on the top almost feels like the skin tingling and kinda in the middle of my big toe and second toe. My foot also cramps. This all stared last year when I bought a pair of high boots about half a size to small and wore them daily. Symptoms decreased over the summer when I didn't wear my boots and have stared back up again. I am seeing a podiatrist tomorrow morning. I am terrified it could be MS or a brain tumor but why would ONLY the big toe be affected? I did some googling and found info on the deep peroneal nerve which is the most common nerve in the body to be damaged and causes tingling and nubness of the big toe. Try not to worry to much and maybe see a foot specialist if the numbness continues.
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2014, 05:46:37 PM »
Most people I know who have gotten MS have told me that their initial symptoms included temporary blindness in one eye, loss of balance, meaning if they stood on one foot, for example, they would fall to the floor.. numbness from the waste down, and full body zaps if they tilted their knecks a certain way or bent down, like they were going to pick something up. Doesn't sound like MS to me.
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 10:22:48 AM »
Thank you skim50, Lindsay2427, Hypo84 and greend for responding.  All of your posts have helped me calm down in a huge way.  I feel so much better.  It's such a terrible feeling to be so anxious and scared. 
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Re: Could this be MS? Trying not to Google
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 12:50:50 PM »
I went through a MS scare as well. My face was numb and tingly all the time. It drove me crazy... and I was so afraid.. I got an MRI and guess what... all normal! Our brains have a real funny way of tricking us into thinking something is wrong when its not... you must fight the beast! Accept your diagnosis, and fight your negative thinking
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