Is it possible to distinguish symptoms of MS from symptoms that someone without MS would have with disc herniations and bulges?
Here is My Question:
Is it possible to distinguish symptoms of MS from symptoms that someone without MS would have with disc herniations/bulges from T6 through T11, and tears from L4-S1. I don’t “want” surgery, plus it’s not even an option since I do have MS, but I’m only 32 walking around like I’m in my 70s and I worry what I’ll be like in the years ahead based on both issues. Despite MRIs indicating I’ve had MS for years, I had no clue. All of my “MS symptoms” did come about right after a car accident (driver-side impact that completely shattered my driver-side window and caused 10k in damage). I feel like it’s not just a coincidence and it’s so much harder to try and figure out the best way to treat the MS if more is going on. I’m at my wits end.
Disc issues that affect the peripheral nervous system typically cause lancinating pain (called radical at pain) that your physician can tease apart from MS. Also, nerve conduction studies can confirm that type of injury. MS does not contra-indicate surgery.
A. Scott Nielsen MD MMSc
Neurologist and MS Specialist at Kaiser Permanente
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