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Unread 10-20-2003, 11:51 PM
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Hi Ladies,

Some of you may remember that I posted about a month ago that my sister was diagnosed with MS. I too have been having symptoms-weakness in the legs, numbness and tingling in my arm. Figured I'd better go in and get it checked out.

Found out from my MRI that I either have had a series of small strokes (huh? I'm 32) or possibly Multiple Sclerosis. Many of you have fought much harder battles than I could've ever imagined and have succeeded beautifully. So it is to you that I come for some encouragement.

Just a note- a couple of weeks ago someone posted a reminder that we be conscious of our symptoms and wary of chalking everything up to our cancer or surgeries. I seconded that notion then, and I second it now!!

I'm scared, really scared. Thanks guys,

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Unread 10-21-2003, 03:47 PM
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Hi Beth,

This MS thing is really scary... However after the chemo I was left with weakness in my leg muscles basically in front above the knees.

I go to gym classes, work all day and do lots of things but if I am down on the floor for something, I can hardly get up. I actually need to pull up on something. However I do not have any tingling in arms or fingers or stuff like that.

I attributed it to an aftermath of chemo but who knows now.

Will keep a watch on things.
Unread 10-21-2003, 11:41 PM
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Dear Beth,

My father has had a series of small strokes. They appear as little black spots on CT scans or MRIs. But he's doing fine. So it's possible. Does MS look the same on a scan? I wasn't aware that a scan would show MS. But I don't know much about it.

The numbness and tingling could be associated with neuropathy from the chemo. Sometimes, neuropathy pops up much later. I've been having some cranky hand and foot pain, which I haven't appreciated. But no numbness.

One thing that has eliminated numbness for me is B complex vitamins. Have you tried them? They're cheap and easy to take. They might help. It's worth a shot.

I hope and pray that you don't have MS. I know how scared you must be. But if it turns out (and I know it won't!) that you do have MS, just know that it is something that people can live with. Montel Williams has MS and is doing great and still hosting his show. I believe he spends a lot of time exercising.

Which reminds me that I haven't been exercising enough.

Anyway, keep your spirits high and keep us posted. We're all sending you good thoughts! s!
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Unread 10-22-2003, 01:51 AM
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I'm sorry you are feeling so scared. You will be in my thoughts and prayers... Becka
Unread 10-22-2003, 12:12 PM
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Hi All,

Thanks for the support, it is much appreciated. I take B-vitamins every day, so I'm thinking that's not it but the bloodwork will certainly shed more light on this. Hmm, maybe I should take more .

SirenSong-to answer your question, yes, an MRI will show lesions or plaques on your brain and spinal cord indicating MS, I guess this is a fairly recent development. My understanding is that these indicate areas where the nerves were de-myelinated and then scarred over. It's sometimes difficult to differentiate between signs of stroke and signs of MS. Thanks so much for your optimism and support-I needed it!!!


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