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Is MS a life threatening disease?

Hi everyone.
I don't really know what to do on this site but I'm looking for some answers.
My mum has a lot of ms symptoms and I would like to know is it actually ms?
Is it fatal? Is there treatment??
Her symptoms at the moment have been very strong for about 2 months.
She has
-pins and needles in hands and feet
-tiggling in the face
-strong headaches
-memory loss
-loss of concentration
-extreme dizziness
-weakness in hands and feet
-blurred (milky) vision
-drowsy, has trouble even lifting eyelids
-hard to walk recently
-shaking non stop in upper body
-she also describes that her brain is shaking

It seems like her symptoms are getting worse and I'm so scared for her.
She has just had a regular brain MRI and it was clear.
If not MS what else could this be???
Thank you for helping.
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Hi Melanie -

First things first, MS is NOT fatal. No one dies from MS. There is no cure but there are many treatments. People with MS can lead very long productive lives!

I'm not sure what is going on with your mother. Some of the symptoms you describe are common in MS, but they can have many other causes as well. Other than the MRI has she had other tests? What type of doctor is she seeing?

The more info you can give us the more we may be able to help.

Kyle
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She is having a nerve conduction test on Friday.
On the 15th of september she is getting a brain and spinal cord MRI. Nowhere can take her earlier without paying 500-600 and we can't afford it at the moment.

She has already had blood and urine tests, an ECG and Tests for diabetes.
She is seeing a neurologist and regularly seeing the gp.

Thank you for getting back to me.
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She has also had shaking in her hands for the past 10 years, but it is getting worse. If that is relevant.
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It's good that she is seeing a neurologist and that all the right tests seem to be on the list. The MRI may provide lots of helpful information, but there is a chance that it may not. Neurological issues are often very hard to diagnose.

While I understand that it's no fun now, September 15 is not that far away. With MS for example, nothing happens quickly.

Kyle
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Thanks you so much for the information and support Kyle.
I guess we are both just scared and wanting answers.
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I am so glad to hear that the doctors are in the process of testing to find out what is going on. It is so tough to wait to find out the results, and often the answers are slow in coming. I will be wishing you and your mother well.

- Jane
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Thank you for the support.
You're so helpful and that is lovely for you to wish us well.
You're all so nice.
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I also wish you, your mom and family answers for everything. This is the best ms forum I have to say. Lots of support here! These people are wonderful and a big help.

Prayers,
Diggie
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I am so sorry for what your mom is dealing with.
  Might I ask, how old she is? As Kyle said, MS is not fatal.  When my neuro told me he suspected MS, he added, "Lupus is much worse on many levels than MS, MS will not kill you like lupus can..."
Bless his heart, he was trying to be positive, I think! :) (I have lupus)

I am happy your mom is getting tested....
Hang in there.
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She is 47. But very young for her age. Let's hope she doesn't have lupus. I hope you're dealing with it ok!
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Thank you so much diggie. It really is a great site. Quick response and a lot of support.
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47 is young, period! Her symptoms do not sound like lupus. My neuro was trying to comfort me about his m.s suspicions...
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Thabks again for the support. It has been such a quick response.
Mum is 47 at the moment. But a young 47.

Goodluck with lupus. I'm sorry to hear that. I hope the treatment is going well
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Haha yes she is quite young. I'm feeling better about it today. This site really has helped. And I really hope you're dealing with lupus Ok.
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