Multiple Sclerosis - Symptoms

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The symptoms of multiple sclerosis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?
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Published: March 03

At age 47, I started having weird dizzy spells that would only last 10 seconds or so...it felt like someone was sticking their finger in my right ear and giving me a little shove to the left. This lasted for about 2 weeks, until finally one day I had a horrendous dizzy spell in which the room was spinning like a carousel AND a Ferris wheel. Any movement made me vomit. I lost most of my hearing in my right ear that day. Went to ER and was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo. The CT scan was negative. By the time I saw an ENT doctor 2 weeks later, I still had no hearing and the dizzy spells, though milder, were still occurring daily...I always felt as though I was being shoved to the left, and had difficulty balancing during those brief, frequent episodes. I was finally sent to an ear specialist who offered to cut the nerves in my ear (which would remove ALL hearing, instead of just 70%) but agreed I should see a neurologist before doing something that drastic. Also for 6 months prior to the first dizzy attack, I had undergone a shoulder surgery, on the left side, which just didn't seem to want to heal right. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get my strength back on that side. My pinky and ring finger were numb, but I assumed that was from the surgery. I had fallen on the ice and undergone a knee (ACL) repair as well, and had very decreased sensation from the knee down to the ankle. I assumed this was related to the surgery. Later that summer, the tip of my tongue went numb (couldn't explain that) and then one day putting on eye liner, I realized parts of my face were numb as well. When I finally got in to see the neurologist, he looked at the MRI report... (which 3 other docs had access to...and I had pointed out that it SAID "numerous hyper-intense areas which could represent a demyelinating disease" to ALL of them and was pooh-poohed) the neurologist gave me a quick physical exam and diagnosed me right away. Here I had been attributing the numbness to the surgeries, when it was probably the MS all along. My whole left side is weaker than my right. I have always been clumsy to a degree. Still don't have my hearing back on the right. Probably never will. The other doctors were waiting for the optic symptoms to appear...they never did. Hope this helps!!!.

Published: September 22

I had coordination problems and had difficulty walking. I would get "real tired and my speech was like I had had a stroke" then it would get better. I will be pretty good and then have a part of me that gets very touchy. I sometimes could burn myself and not even feel it. I had a nerve test for a possible pinched nerve and they did the test 4 times. They said I had only 60% of my nerves functioning and called me superwoman, because I walked into their office, upright and reasonably normal. The test put me in a weakened condition but I did walk out the office without much help. I can't be around many insecticides because they bring on the symptoms and can put me down. I was down once for 8 months. We figured I probably had this since age 13 or so, but now I am 65 and still going. Good vitamins help a lot. And Limu gives me energy, so I can go even when the symptoms are there. Doctors were killing me, so I sought alternative medicine. .