I just got my MRI results back and other than a couple of minor bludging discs in my neck, but I still have a lot of unexplained problems that sometimes leave me immobile and in severe pain for hours to days. I have frequent muscle spasms in my shoulders, neck, legs and just started getting facial spasms (nose and mouth twitches) a few days ago. My toes and feet cramp up easily and often. When the muscle spasms finally stop, my arms get heavy and eventually go numb and my hands and arms shake almost all the time now. I can't stand up for long periods of time without walking with a limp and my left leg feeling heavy and then eventually going numb as well. Sometimes it gets so bad that I walk with my back almost at a 90-degree angle. When I do continue to stand up, I get vertigo (when I try to tough it out, I end up passing out).
I'm only 19 years old and I know that this isn't normal, especially considering my age. I know I'm not making my symptoms up, but since nothing showed up on my MRI scans, I'm kind of stumped on what to do next. I got my scans done after visiting an orthopedist, should I still go to a neurologist? What should I do next?
I would definately see a neurologist as it sounds neurological in nature to me. Did you have a brain MRI?
Yes. I got a brain, neck, and low back and the only thing that showed up was a few minor bulging discs that didn’t protrude into the spinal cord.
I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. Following up with the neurologist again if that is his suggestion would be wise, or simply getting a second opinion from another neurologist might be helpful.
Also you may want to consider seeing an endocrinologist or rheumatologist to rule out other conditions that have similar symptoms to MS. You can read more about them here: Other Conditions to Rule Out
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I would suggest seeing an Ms specialist & requesting a brain MRI with contrast as well as a round of bloodwork to rule out Ms mimics such as Lymes disease. You can look at my profile and see my story & symptoms I have experienced leading up to my diagnosis in late July 2017. I have known someone who was diagnosed in their teens so while it's not common it does happen.
The definition of multiple sclerosis is multiple scarring if there’s no scarring showing on your MRI pinched nerve maybe
I would see a neurosurgeon and have him/her re-evaluate my spine, and see if they can correlate anything with the symptoms. Possibly, have further neurological testing on arms. I personally get heavyness in my arms when I bent over. It is from a condition in the neck, Watch which symptoms are positional. After spine conditions definitely are excluded as source , go from there, Well that is my opinion.