I have MS.
The doctor I saw last month called about two weeks ago to let me know that the inconclusive MRI had been reviewed by a radiologist who determined the films showed a positive-for-MS result. I was told to go ahead with the additional tests that had already been scheduled so that the specialist I’ve been turfed to will have more information.
Last Friday, I went to the neurological testing lab at a local hospital. I got wired up for these tests. The visual tests seemed to go okay and the sensory tests mostly okay except for one part. In the sensory tests, they test your limbs by applying stimulus at the wrists and ankles individually and recording how long it takes the sensation to travel to your brain. The stimulus is an electrical current – a fairly strong zapping – that you’re supposed to feel travel beyond the origin. So at the wrist, you feel the current move into the palm of your hand and fingers. From the ankle, you feel it move into the arch, ball of the foot and toes.
I totally didn’t feel it on the lower left side.
The technician moved the stimulator to a number of different spots on my ankle. Can you feel it? Nope. How about here? Nope. Here? Nope. She finally gave up and moved it up to the back of my knee. Can you feel it here? Ummm… a little. So she ran the test but didn’t get much in the way of results.
Failing the lower left sensory test wasn’t a suprise; my leg is frequently numb below the knee, especially the bottom of my foot. I wonder how much of it is attributable to my herniated disc and stenosis (narrowed spinal canal) though, as opposed to the MS. Bleh. Either way, walking, and especially stairs, are pretty challenging these days. Not a good situation for someone who’s inclined to mostly sit anyway.
I still have a week and a half before I go to see the specialist to get a more complete diagnosis and learn about treatment options. Dragging this shit out has really been rough. I’d just like to get on with whatever it is I’m supposed to do.