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Do I Have MS?

by Marcia
(Albuquerque, NM )

I have had severe vertigo for about ten yrs along with feet pain and numbness. The symptoms seemed to get better for about two yrs but have come back worse than ever.

Inner ear problems have been ruled out for the vertigo. I recently had surgery on my right eye for a detached retina and have cataracts on both eyes that need to be removed.

I am 56 yrs old, the MRI I just had shows some ischemic changes and something about testing to be done for MS. Could I have been suffering with MS all these yrs and not have a Dr pick up on it?

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Nov 09, 2011
Sounds Like MS
by: Akrista

Hi Marcia,

Your symptoms sound very similar to the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, General Practitioners or Family doctors may not put two and two together. If you have never been to a specialist, namely a neurologist, this could be the reason for not having tests which would lead to a diagnosis of MS until now.

As you learn about the other symptoms of MS, you may notice that the numbness and pain in your feet are not the only symptoms you've been having. After a neurologist takes a complete medical history and does neurological testing, which may include an MRI, the doctor will know for sure if you have MS.

You very well could have been suffering from MS all these years and just didn't know it. Fortunately, your symptoms seem to have been more on the mild side - which is a good thing. If they had been more severe, you no doubt would have gotten a diagnosis much earlier.

So, even though you have these annoying symptoms, they at least were of the milder type. Hopefully you will receive a diagnosis you are satisfied with once testing is completed.

Take care of yourself,


Dec 05, 2011
Babinski's reflex
by: Anonymous

Just wanted to add this correction part about the reflex part you mentioned. Thanks for the other details though. :-)

Babinski's reflex or extensor plantar reflex is a test for dysfunction corticospinal tract.
The test consists of stroking the outside sole from heel to toe with a pointed object. The normal response is a bunching downward (flexor) movement of all the toes.

In infants under 2 years of age and people with dysfunction in the corticospinal tract, this causes an upward (extensor) movement of the big toe. (Some peoples big toe will flex upwards and toes also spread going upwards.)

A positive Babinski's reflex is consistent with several neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis.

Jun 17, 2014
by: tina

I am Tina, 27 years old, from Iran.
I have a question. Will I end MS for ever?
May I lose blobs in brain?
Thank u

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