Does anyone know if you can get new symptoms 2-3 weeks into a possible MS flare up? Nearly 1 month ago, I was exercising at the gym, contracting my abdomen and neck when all of a sudden, I was overcome by a head to toe pins and needles sensation, which remitted in less than 10 minutes. However, later on in the day, I started feeling this prickling sensation in my arms, back, and much less often in my legs. After investigating the pinched nerve, seeing my doctor, etc, she wanted to pursue an MRI because she suspected I injured my neck. I was also in a bad accident the month before the gym incident (hit by a car going 90mph on NJ Turnpike), and that week was my first week back to the gym. Anyway, I ended up getting denied by my insurance for the MRI because I do not meet the clinical criteria, and I went in and saw the doctor for a second time.
This time, I went through a very extensive history of my paresthesias, and this tight, painful sensation in my thighs (Left>>Right), and a cold, tingling sensation in my left lower leg and both feet. This happened 20 days after the paresthesias started. I have also experienced a number of various aches and pains (mild jaw pain, mild chest pain, abd pain, bilateral arm pain and soreness, etc) since the start of all of this. I have been sick with worry imagining that I might have MS. The doctor told me twice now that she does not think it's MS, and the paresthesias in my arms and back have improved a lot since then. Also, the symptoms are always pretty much nonexistent when I am with friends and happy/not thinking about all this crap. I was beginning to think I maybe didn't have MS. However, I read that the muscle tightness is a symptom of MS...so my question is this:
Even though I still experience the prickling sensation in my arms and back from time to time, supposing that was a flare up...would it be possible to get a new symptom 3 weeks into it? I can't remember what my doctor said but she said MS doesn't move around like that but I don't know if that's the right answer to the right question...Do you think my anxiety could be causing all of this? I have had the muscle tightness and tenderness in my leg for about 5 days now, and the only thing that seems to relieve it even a little is applying heat to the area. I have also had 3 completely normal neuro exams. Anyway, any help would be much appreciated!!