Hi I'm a 25 year old female and I had experienced numbness in my face then months later numbness in my feet and legs. I have had weakness in my arms on ovation and joint pains for years. I've had 2 brain MRIs that show growing brain lesions and I had a spine MRI that showed hyperintense focus in the thoracic cord. I have also had some other health issues but I don't know what is relevant at this point. I don't have the greatest luck and I am very clumsy and tend to get hurt a lot. In the last 2 years I've sprained the same ankle 3 times. I also have noticed I have slurred speech and some difficulty saying what I want to say. I have an appointment with a neurologist but I'm hoping for a few answers.
Thank you in advance,
I’m sorry to hear of your neurologic difficulties and the testing that is showing abnormal results. While multiple sclerosis can present in this way, it is important to make sure that there isn’t something else going on that could be mimicking the disease. The fact that you are having joint pains may be a relevant symptom that should trigger your neurologist to rule some other things out (such as autoimmune arthritis, etc). I would also recommend that you meet with an MS specialist to help in the diagnostic process. Please take a look at the links on this webpage that helps explain the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis: http://www.healthcarejourney.com/diagnosis.html.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist at MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente