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What comes next?

by Kelly
(Iowa)

I have been experiencing many symptoms of MS for several years. It started with numbness and tingling in my left arm, to numbness and tingling in both arms, legs, face, severe fatigue, I choke, I ache all the time, my muscles are so tight I feel like I could do 8 hours of yoga and still be tight.


It all started getting progressively worse a year and a half ago. I've been to the ER twice in the past year and a half. The most recent was because I couldn't move my arms or legs for a good 36 hours. Finally I asked my boyfriend to take me to the hospital.

I finally have my first appointment with a neurologist this coming Monday. I am scheduled for an EMG. I've had blood drawn numerous times, checking for RA, vitamin deficiencies, and anemia (along with several other things that I can't remember).

My question is, what comes next? What other tests do I have to look forward to? I've heard a lot about needing a spinal tap to get a Dx. Is this true? Will I HAVE to have a spinal tap? I've had enough needles stuck in me, and the upcoming electrical shocks, I'm not sure I can deal with a spinal tap.

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Aug 12, 2012
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Stronger than you think
by: Life Can Be Simple

If you are surviving the symptoms then a spinal is nothing, the worse for me was the preparing for it and I even worked in a hospital. So please know you can and will survive the needle, hang in there you are alot stronger than you give yourself credit, you are and you will be.

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SPINAL TAP
by: Anonymous

I HAD TO HAVE A SPINAL TAP.
TO ME IT WAS NOT TOO BAD AS THE NUMBNESS CUT THE PAIN, ALTHOUGH THE PAIN IS NOT THAT BAD. THE WORST PART OF IT ALL IS WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO LAY PERFECTLY STIL, OF COURSE YOU KNOW YOU CAN NOT DO IT. LOL, MY COMPUTER IS SPELLING TERRIBLE TO-DAY. GOOD LUCK IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT. YOU ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO HANDLE IT IF YOU HAVE HANDLED EVERY OTHER TEST.

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