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MSMatt316 posted:
Hi all. First, let me thank anyone that responds in advance. Its been 2 years coming, but think I now have gotten the diagnosis that I've known for the last few years, was coming. I'm a 41 year old male. My Neurologist is about 65% for MS/35% for B12 deficiency. I will try and list as many symptoms as I can remember, because my short term memory "sucking" is definitely one of them. Neuropathy/pins amd needles feeling in my extremities, random spots of pins and needlest that can show up anywhere on my body one minute, and last a few, or be gone the next (I.e. scalp, forehead, cheek, tongue, stomach/side, hip, anywhere really), trouble swallowing food, severe fatigue, mood swings, complete lack of interest in sex, really bad balance, as well as bad fine motor control of my hands/fingers. (Don't ask me to try and pick up something small, unless you have a minute), loss of appetite, sleep loss, etc. Now...my brain mri showed one 2mm x 6mm lesion in the right frontal lobe of my brain. I had my opthamologist take pictires of my optic nerves, and the left was slightly inflamed. Hearing portion of my evoked potentials test was normal, left eye showed some pretty poor results in the "visual/checker board" test. The "physical/shocking" portion, showed decreased "activity" on the right side of my arm and leg, leg worse that arm. Neuro says... "would very low B12 level give a lot of the same exact symptoms...yes. Is that going to cause the lesion, or cause my one eye to be effected as it is...probably not." Hence, why leaning more towards MS...which I am too. B12 shots once a week for 6 months, and then another brain mri in 6 weeks, and recheck b12 levels. I've known something was wrong for quite a while...and as silly as it may sound, I'm almost happy to, for the most part, finally know what's going on. Having a friend that has MS, and sees the same doctor has also helped having someone that can relate. I welcome anyones thoughts, input, comments. Thanks again~Matt
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