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MS or not MS
tkgodb4me posted:
Over the past year I have had several symptoms and seen may doctors. It first started as a headache that lasted everyday for two months. Then the headaches went away and I started having chest pains off and on. I had MRI of the brain, EKG, stress echo, stress test. Everything was normal. Then I started experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands. They would swell especially in the morning and would hurt and tingle when I would leave them in a position for a long time. I saw a Neurologist and a Rheumotologist got blood work -everything came back normal. Except I had an elevated ANA titer. Now I am experiencing numbness/tingling in my foot and leg. It started in my big toe then moved to the bottom of my foot. Now I can feel it up to my upper leg. Has anyone else had these symptoms before their diagnosis? I feel like everytime I go to a doctor they think that I am crazy or imagining things. Help
hackwriter responded:
Dear tk,

You should also have a cervical spine MRI to rule out MS, not just a brain MRI. It is possible to have lesions only in the spine in the early stages of MS.

An ANA test is not part of the Multiple Sclerosis diagnostic process. Only spinal fluid from a lumbar puncture will indicate brain and spine inflammation, there is no blood test for MS.

An elevated ANA can be caused by medications, infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and RA, or may be a false positive, among other possibilities. Symptoms are treated with antivirals and anti-inflammatories, but if no cause has been determined then your Rheumatologist should continue investigating. If your Rheumatologist isn't interested in investigating further, you might ask for a referral to an Infectious Disease Specialist. Keep pushing for answers.

An_245768 responded:
yes before i was diagnosis i got out of bed and ny feet and my calfs of my legs were numb and tinngling. and i have this still in my feedt and the ms hug.It never whent away.

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