Maybe a symptom? I'm self diagnosed with ms as of this week after having tingling for a few weeks and doing some research. what I'm finding is that things I've had all my life, like chest fluttering, may be ms related. In my case it is occasional missed beat, feeling like a flutter when mild and a shove on the chest when not so mild) I've had it mildly and occasionally for many (30+) years, and once for a few months in my thirties.
I had it checked out after almost forcing my gp that a young person could need testing for this. Holter monitor showed the missed beats so was sent to a cardiologist who determined there was no visible reason for the missed beats. He told me come back in two months for a recheck to determine if I needed medication, but by that point the flutters had gone away.
Never have had it as severely as then again, but the occasional bump, fairly regularly. Lots of caffeine does make it worse I think. I tend to reduce coffee when it starts up.
Self diagnosed? :/ I don't mean to start any debates or turmoil in our very warm and friendly forum. I just have a bit of a problem with seeing this. A self diagnosis of MS could really affect your health, especially if it turns out to not be MS. And if you convince yourself that you definitely have MS, when you actually don't, most likely you will not listen to any other possibilities, which could be a tragedy. There are SO MANY mimics to this hard to diagnose disease. Chest and/or heart flutters are NOT a symptom of MS. I would hate to see this symptom not be addressed properly. This could be heart related! I am not saying it definitely is, but there is the possibility. Or, it could be something else.
I have been having neurological symptoms for the past six years. Most, if not all of my symptoms are MS symptoms, too. While I have had most of the mimics ruled out now and have normal MRI's and LP's, I have still been swaying towards an MS diagnosis. I am pretty disabled from my neuro problems. In fact, I am in a wheelchair now, can no longer work, had to move back in with my mother and have my very own pharmacy right here in my room. In fact I have been 99% sure it is MS. But, I have stayed open minded. YOU NEED TO.
Like I said, I do not want to cause trouble. I am just concerned with what I see here. I read your other post, isitart, and you are in the very beginning stages of diagnostics. You have not had the common mimics ruled out yet, have not had any MRI scans, no neurological exams, no blood work. Be careful putting that cart before the horse, hun.
Remember I said I was 99% sure I had MS? Well, I learned on Tuesday that I probably don't have MS. My neuro is pretty sure I have a Hereditary Neurodegenerative Disorder. In other words, probably ALS. That 99% doesn't mean a whole lot to me right now. It looks like I fell into that 1% that was left over. On top of that, I WAS WRONG. :(
I hope this message is read knowing that I wrote it out of nothing but concern. I am having cognitive problems at this time so I may not have written it as delicately as I normally would have. Please, please be careful with self diagnosing. The human body, especially the neurological parts, are so diverse and complicated.
Isitart says, "I am self diagnosed with ms as of this week after having tingling for a few weeks and doing some research. what I'm finding is that things I've had all my life, like chest fluttering, may be ms related."
I have never heard of heart fluttering as a sx of MS and I have an official dx of MS. Addi said it very well, there are lots of MS mimics but a fluttering heart is not even an MS sx.
So, Juniper, see your doctor about your fluttering heart. I don't know if you are MS dx or not but you can have multiple medical problems unrelated to MS.
Sue, if you aren't seeing a dx for your tingling you should. You will find that MS is the last thing that they will dx you with after they have eliminated a lot of other potential mimics.
And Addi, you did a great job on your post, so much better than I am even attempting. Afraid if I really let myself go, I will really let my self go. So, so sorry to hear about your probable dx. You will be in my prayers sweetie.
Not sure really what Isitart is trying to say here.
First I though that maybe it was a typo error for example I am MYself dx - I was thinking that she may left the 'my' bit out.
However I think that after reading the post several times, I'm still not sure:/
However Juniper, I would go and have a check out with your Cardio, as being dx with MS or worrying about the possibility of MS, can and does make you anxious, but to err on the side of caution, I would get that checked out.
Sorry to step on toes! Should have enclosed 'self diagnosis' in quotes, as it was meant to be tongue in cheek. As noted, I'm in the very early stages of trying to figure out what's happening to me; so far, what I have found repeated consistently is that symptoms of MS are wide and varying, and that not all people experience the same things.
Perhaps 'symptom' is the wrong word, but it does appear that many people with MS experience heart palipitations. (I found this forum actually by searching on pretty much the same question which Juniper2011 is asking - possible correlation between MS and palipitations. There are several earlier post on this forum on the topic, the most recent being from Dec 2010 (title MS and Heart).
It's quite possible that the heart flutters are causing the tingling! At any rate, it's important to get any aberration checked out. I thought my leg pain was spasticity for three weeks before I found out it was a blood clot.
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