I'm pretty sure we all have massively long stories which have led to us being on here. I would be writing for hours, so I will keep it very short for now. I am 27, female with a beautiful 15 week old son. I have been convinced I have had several life threatening diseases over the years, but the past year has been consumed with my self diagnosis of MS. I am angry at myself for spending time looking on google, and going to the doctors or A&E when I should be spending with my son, yet it feels like a compulsion which I cannot stop. I know I sound irrational and mental so I don't talk to any of my friends or family about it. But I saw my GP the other day after being to A&E 3 times in a week and spending a total of 4 nights in hospital. I had a CT scan and MRI, both of the brain, and they were totally normal. My neuro exam which was done by several different consultants was also normal, yet this irrational Health anxiety voice in my head tells me that it is totally possible to have MS with a clear brain MRI and neuro exam, and although rare, I am the one who has it with only spine lesions. I could not persuade the doctors to do an MRI on my spine as they didn't believe it was necessary but I truly feel like I am losing my mind over this. I have migraines which changed to the ones with aura when I was pregnant and have stayed that way since my son was born. I get jagged lines through the vision of one eye for about half an hour before a migraine, and this triggered the MS obsession for me. My GP has given me propranolol which is primarily for migraines but also used for anxiety However 160mg a day is not enough to even touch my anxiety. Plus, one of it's side effects is tingling and numbness... which is one of the symptoms I have been worrying about. So all in all a vicious circle.
Hoping I can connect with others through here and we can help and support each other!
Mr pig x