Or Something Else?
Question: My fingers are swollen and I keep getting chest pain and heart burns. I have MS.
Reply: These are not necessarily MS symptoms. There are many reasons you could have swollen fingers. Are your legs, ankles, and feet swollen as well? This could be a sign of kidney problems. Chest pain could be from heart problems and heart burn could mean digestion problems.
The symptom you mentioned above can be any number of things. One of the things that MSers sometimes make a mistake in is attributing all of their problems to MS. This may be the case, but the only way to tell for sure is by seeing your doctor or neurologist to rule out other health issues.
The advice I would give to you is head to the doctor as soon as possible. At least s/he will be able to say yes this is from your MS or no, this is from something else and we need to find out what it is.
It's very easy to just sit at home and say, “Oh, my MS is bothering me today.” And that's fine if it's something you know is an MS symptom. If it's something new, you could be having a relapse or you could be developing a totally new health issue.
Call the doctor at least. If you are able to talk with the nurse on the phone, they may be able to tell you if you need to come in right away, make an appointment, or head to the ER. At the very least, it could be something you ate that didn't agree with you or you could be having an allergic reaction to something.
Hope this helps,
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